Journal article

The need to incorporate aged animals into the preclinical modeling of neurological conditions

Mujun Sun, Stuart J McDonald, Rhys D Brady, Lyndsey Collins-Praino, Glenn R Yamakawa, Mastura Monif, Terence J O'Brien, Geoffrey C Cloud, Christopher G Sobey, Richelle Mychasiuk, David J Loane, Sandy R Shultz

Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer's disease are serious clinical problems that affect millions of people worldwide. The majority of clinical trials for these common conditions have failed, and there is a critical need to understand why treatments in preclinical animal models do not translate to patients. Many patients with these conditions are middle-aged or older, however, the majority of preclinical studies have used only young-adult animals. Considering that aging involves biological changes that are relevant to the pathobiology of neurological diseases, the lack of aged subjects in preclinical ..

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