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Many neurological disorders remain untreatable and continue to cause incalculable losses to productivity, independence, and overall quality of life among patients globally. Currently available approaches to the treatment of ischemic stroke and traumatic brain injury do not adequately meet clinical and social demands. Discovery and development of drugs with clinical efficacy presents tremendous intellectual and commercial challenges.
Dr. Uteshev was trained as a neuro-pharmacologist and his lab focuses on developing novel therapeutic strategies and pharmacological tools to treat ischemic stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other challenging neurological disorders linked to brain injury and inflammation. The primary focus is the cholinergic system and α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). These receptors are commonly expressed throughout the body including neuronal, glial, and immune tissues. A balanced activation of α7 nAChRs inhibits inflammation and elevates brain resistance to ischemic and traumatic injury. Accordingly, whenever a brain injury occurs, two simultaneous processes are automatically initiated as the injury stimulates α7 nAChRs: first, the brain tissue near the site of injury becomes protected from spreading injury; and second, the injury-induced inflammation is mitigated to prevent additional injury by the immune system. Positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) of α7 nAChRs hold considerable promise as stroke and TBI treatment. PAMs augment α7 activation by endogenous agonists, choline, and ACh, allowing for a gentle modulation of immune response and recovery from injury.

Education/Academic qualification

BS in General Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

MS in Biophysics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

PhD in Physiology, University of Toronto


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