Oral compound shields brain after trauma

A new class of compounds has been shown to protect brain cells from the type of damage caused by blast-mediated traumatic brain injury (TBI) when given orally to mice.

The mice that were treated 24-36 hours after experiencing TBI from a blast injury were protected from the harmful effects, including problems with learning, memory and movement.

"The lack of neuroprotective treatments for traumatic brain injury is a serious problem in our society," says researcher Dr Andrew Pieper, an associate professor of psychiatry, neurology, and radiation oncology at the University of Iowa Carver College of