Thaddeus S. Nowak, Ph.D.

Thaddeus S. Nowak, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Research
Department of Neurology
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center 855 Monroe Avenue, Room 415
Memphis, TN 38163
Tel: (901) 448-7384
Fax: (901) 448-7440
Email: Thaddeus S. Nowak



Education

  • Ph.D. Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Postdoctoral: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Laboratory of Neurochemistry and Laboratory of Neuropathology and Neuroanatomical Sciences

Research Interests

Investigations generally focus on the study of brain injury after ischemic insults in animal models. A past interest in selective neuron vulnerability after brief global ischemia has shifted to a recent emphasis on focal brain ischemia (experimental stroke). One area of current research examines protective effects of brain cooling. Recent evidence indicates the particular benefit of temperature reduction at the time of recirculation following transient ischemia, suggesting its potential therapeutic relevance in the context of "reperfusion injury." As a practical spin-off of these studies, the widely used approach to producing experimental stroke by intraluminal filament occlusion has been refined to avoid confounding effects on temperature regulation. A second research focus examines endogenous defense mechanisms activated following prior insults (preconditioning). Although widespread changes in gene expression occur in response to preconditioning insults, ongoing studies indicate that such protection in focal ischemia models arises via synergistic effects on the fundamental parameters of brain blood flow and metabolism. This has led to a new interest in vascular regulation and its response to brain injury.

Representative Publications

  • Takeda Y, Zhao L, Jacewicz M, Pulsinelli WA, Nowak TS Jr. Metabolic and perfusion responses to recurrent peri-infarct depolarization during focal ischemia in the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat: dominant contribution of sporadic CBF decrements to infarct expansion. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2011 Sep;31(9):1863-73. doi: 10.1038/jcbfm.2011.62. Epub 2011 Apr 27. PubMed PMID: 21522165; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3185883.
  • Zhao Y, Xiao J, Ueda M, Wang Y, Hines M, Nowak TS Jr, LeDoux MS. Glial elements contribute to stress-induced torsinA expression in the CNS and peripheral nervous system. Neuroscience. 2008 Aug 13;155(2):439-53. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2008.04.053. Epub 2008 May 6. PubMed PMID: 18538941; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2596935.
  • Hashimoto M, Zhao L, Nowak TS Jr. Temporal thresholds for infarction and hypothermic protection in Long-Evans rats: factors affecting apparent 'reperfusion injury' after transient focal ischemia. Stroke. 2008 Feb;39(2):421-6. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.107.495788. Epub 2008 Jan 3. PubMed PMID: 18174482.
  • Kurasako T, Zhao L, Pulsinelli WA, Nowak TS Jr. Transient cooling during early reperfusion attenuates delayed edema and infarct progression in the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat. Distribution and time course of regional brain temperature change in a model of postischemic hypothermic protection. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2007 Dec;27(12):1919-30. Epub 2007 Apr 11. PubMed PMID: 17429346.
  • Ma J, Zhao L, Nowak TS Jr. Selective, reversible occlusion of the middle cerebral artery in rats by an intraluminal approach. Optimized filament design and methodology. J Neurosci Methods. 2006 Sep 30;156(1-2):76-83. Epub 2006 Apr 11. PubMed PMID: 16581135.
  • Zhao L, Nowak TS Jr. CBF changes associated with focal ischemic preconditioning in the spontaneously hypertensive rat. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2006 Sep;26(9):1128-40. Epub 2006 Jan 11. PubMed PMID: 16407854.

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