Baowan Lin

University of Miami, USA

Baowan Lin was an Associate Professor during 1987 and 1988; an Assistant Professor and resident between 1973 and 1986 in neurology in XuanWu Hospital of Capital University of Medical Sciences in Beijing, China; a hospital physician from 1963 till 1973 at the Department of Pediatrics after receiving an M.D. degree from Chongqing University of Medical Science, China. He had successfully treated brain ischemia/hypoxia with Chinese medicine. He has the membership of the Association of Integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Medicine in 1986. He went to the Cerebral Vascular Disease Research Center, Department of Neurology, University of Miami, Fla, USA on 10/01/1988 to detect the delayed postischemic encephalopathy and test the efficacy of herbal medicine on stroke with experimental studies. Working as a Research Associate since 1991, after a 3-year postdoctoral training under the instruction of Dr. Myron Ginsberg, he figures out that the progressive encephalopathy, including multi-infarction and neurodegeneration, was developing at 2–4 weeks after acute ischemia and endothelial degeneration is the key of the vicious cascade. We established the method to quantitatively assess injured endothelia in rat brain. Lin was selected as a Stroke Fellow of Stroke Council, American Heart Association in 2001 and became an Instructor at the Department of Neurology. An NIH/NCCAM grant was rewarded to him to conduct study on herbal therapy and neuroprotection in cerebral ischemia. He was promoted to Research Assistant Professor. The study revealed that the 9-herb combination, modified Buyang Huanwu decoction, prevented encephalopathy and mitigated injury of focal ischemia: reducing infarct volume and enhancing angiogenesis and neurogenesis via alleviating endothelial damage and inhibiting inflammation. His special fields of interest are neurology, neuropathology, TCM, immunohistochemistry, and brain ischemia animal models.

Biography Updated on 4 April 2011

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