Sean Murphy, PhD is a Professor of Neurological Surgery. His research is directed at finding interventions to improve outcome following acute brain injury by identifying potential candidates in experimental stroke models from those drugs either already in use or in human trials for other purposes. Part of the rationale is that this should hasten candidate drugs into the clinic. He has identified drugs (G-CSF, progesterone, histone deacetylase inhibitors) that are not only protective of existing neurons but also activate endogenous repair processes (neurorestorative). He has National Institutes of Health (NIH) and American Heart Association funding, and collaborates with Dr. Richard Morrison on neuroprotection research.
Dr. Murphy, Rona Lee, Megan McClean, Heather Pemberton
- Mechanisms underlying the neuroprotection conferred by progesterone after stroke (funded by AHA)
- Histone deacetylases (HDACs) - therapeutic targets for functional restoration after stroke (funded by NIH-NINDS)
Defining novel therapeutic means to treat acute brain injury (stroke and trauma)
- Progesterone and allopregnanolone are neuroprotective in male mice when administered post-stroke
- Pan- and Class I selective HDAC inhibitors are neuroprotective in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo
The laboratory utilizes a wide variety of in vivo and in vitro approaches, including mouse models of stroke and trauma, behavioral assessment, imaging, immunohistochemistry, cell and molecular biology techniques.
Selected Recent Publications:
- Gibson, C.L., Bath, P.M.W. and Murphy, S.P. (2010) G-CSF administration is neuroprotective following
transient cerebral ischemia even in the absence of a functional NOS-2 gene. J. Cereb. Blood Flow Metab. 30,
- Gibson, C. and Murphy, S.P. (2010) Benefits of histone deacetylase inhibitors for acute brain injury; a
systematic review of animal studies. J. Neurochem. 115, 806-813. (20831615)
- Baltan S., Murphy S.P., Danilov C.A., Bachleda A. and Morrison R.S. (2011) Histone deacetylase inhibitors
preserve white matter structure and function during ischemia by conserving ATP and reducing excitotoxicity.
J. Neurosci. 31, 3990-3999. (21411642).
- Gibson C.L., Coomber B. and Murphy S.P. (2011) Progesterone is neuroprotective following cerebral
ischemia in reproductively ageing female mice. Brain 134, 2125-2133. (21705427)
- Jayadev S., Nesser N.K., Hopkins S., Myers S.J., Case A., Lee R., Seaburg L.A., Uo T., Murphy S.P.,
Morrison R.S. and Garden G.A. (2011) The transcription factor p53 influences microglia activation
phenotype. Glia 59, 1402-1413. (21598312)
- Baltan S., Bachleda A., Morrison R.S. and Murphy S.P. (2011) Expression of histone deacetylases in cellular
compartments of the mouse brain and the effects of ischemia. Transl. Stroke Res. 2, 411-423. (21966324)
- Gibson C.L., Murphy A.N. and Murphy S.P. (2012) Stroke outcome in the ketogenic state - a systematic
review of the animal data. J. Neurochem. 123 (Suppl. 2), 52–57. (23050642)
- Xu Z.S., Lee R.J., Chu S.S., Yao A., Paun M.K., Murphy S.P. and Mourad P.D. (2013) Evidence of changes in
brain tissue stiffness after ischemic stroke derived from ultrasound-based elastography. J. Ultrasound Med. 32, 485-494. (23443189)
For more information on the Murphy Lab, contact Sean Murphy.
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Samuel Browd, MD, PhD
Dr. Browd specializes in pediatric neurosurgery, specifically with children who have hydrocephalus, brain & spinal cord tumors, pediatric cervical spine, spina bifida, chiari malformations, and spacticity.
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