Experimental Stroke Core


The Experimental Stroke Core provides surgical expertise, equipment and instrumentation for carrying out stroke and traumatic brain injury research. Current available animal models include photothrombotic stroke, transient and permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion, cerebral hypoperfusion, hypoxia, epidural drug application, stereotaxic application of endothelin-1, cardiac arrest/ cardiopulmonary resuscitation global ischemia, carotid ligation, and traumatic brain injury. The Core also develops new cerebral ischemia animal models as requested by investigators.


  • Active anesthesia scavenging systems
  • CODA blood pressure monitor
  • Leica surgical microscope (M80)
  • Animal tattooing system
  • Laser speckle imager
  • Hypoxia ischemia chamber
  • Laser doppler flow (MoorVMS-LDF2)
  • Blood gas analyzer
  • Electro-cautery with bipolar forceps
  • Temperature control system
  • Small animal stereotaxic instrument
  • Cold light sources (KL 2500 and KL 1600)



Kate Weil, PhD | ekaterina.weil@hsc.wvu.edu | (304) 293-1485


Please remember to acknowledge the grants that support the Experimental Stroke Core in all your publications:

Experimental stroke modeling was performed at the WVU Experimental Stroke Core supported by NIH
grant P20GM109098.

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