Henry J.M. Barnett Scholarship Award 2005/2006 - Barber

Dr. Philip Barber

University of Calgary 
Dr. Philip Barber believes that the more doctors can see of a stroke, the better their treatment is likely to be. He is working on advanced imaging techniques that will allow neurologists to visualize and map – with great precision – the damage to brain cells caused by strokes. Such brain imagery offers the hope of treating a stroke as it is happening. Medications and/or surgical procedures targeted at the catastrophic events unfolding in the brain may result in minimizing stroke damage.
Dr. Barber’s main focus is on cells called leukocytes. Leukocytes are activated by the immune system as part of a failed response to deal with the stroke. They cling to blood vessel walls within the brain and cause deadly inflammation.
A new molecular probe developed for magnetic resonance imaging will be used by Dr. Barber to examine leukocyte activity in the brain during stroke. His results could allow neurologists to maximize the efficient use of anti-inflammatory drugs and create new and more focused treatments.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is pleased to support Dr. Barber’s promising stroke research. Dr. Barber is an assistant professor in the department of clinical neurosciences at the University of Calgary.