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Dr. Beverley Orser’s new U of T patent targets brain fog left behind by anesthesia

By Michelle Rosen

FEBRUARY 16, 2017

Excerpt from U of T News

Twenty years of meticulous research has led to a new United States patent for a University of Toronto anesthesiology expert.

The patent, “Methods for the prevention and/or treatment of memory impairment,” is for a class of drugs that may help mitigate troubling and costly disorders such as delirium and cognitive dysfunction that plague some patients after surgeries requiring general anesthesia.

It’s like patients – both young and old – wake up but they’re “not working on all cylinders,” explains Dr. Beverley Orser, a professor at U of T’s Faculty of Medicine and staff anesthesiologist at Sunnybrook Hospital.

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