Novel blood–brain barrier model looks to shake-up drug delivery research

Written by Francesca Lake

A team of researchers from the University of Portsmouth (UK) has presented a novel in vitro model of the blood–brain barrier (BBB) capable of real-time analysis. The new model could aid in the development of new drugs and delivery systems for a wide range of diseases affecting the brain. The BBB’s efficacy at defence of the brain has been a major road block for those attempting to develop or deliver treatment for neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, dementia and tumors. It also affects the treatment of head injuries. Currently, catheters are used to bypass the BBB and deliver drugs to...

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