Interventional Neuroradiology: The New England Center for Stroke Research (NECStR)

The mission of NECStR is to accelerate discovery in neuroimaging, endovascular device development and techniques in image-guided surgery with a translational research program that collaborates seamlessly with our clinical partner, the UMass Memorial Division of Interventional Neuroradiology.

Our work focuses on:

  • Therapies for stroke treatment through mechanical thrombectomy and use of thrombolytic agents.
  • Testing and development of endovascular embolization techniques for treatment of brain aneurysms.
  • Identifying key inflammatory and cellular factors responsible for brain aneurysm evolution.
  • Identification of vascular dysfunction in brain arteriovenous malformations.

Recent achievements include development of a bench-top optimization process for testing the safety and efficacy of thrombectomy technology and in vivo quantitation of cone-beam CT-derived cerebral blood volume maps to measure brain infarct in acute ischemic stroke.