Norman Kreisman, Ph.D.

Medical College of Pennsylvania, Physiology, 1971
Professor and Vice Chair of Physiology


Tulane University School of Medicine,
Department of Physiology,

1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-39,

New Orleans, LA 70112.

Phone: 504-988-2590

Fax: 504-988-2675

Research Interests   

Dr. Kreisman has moved to part-time status and is not accepting new students.

My major research interest is to understand how the brain can protect itself from hypoxic/ischemic injury by activating endogenous protective mechanisms. There are two lines of evidence for the existence of these mechanisms: 1) conditioning the brain with one or more mild episodes of hypoxia/ischemia protects the brain from subsequent hypoxic/ischemic insults. Protection lasts for hours to days. This is known as ischemic preconditioning or ischemic tolerance. The explanation for this acquired tolerance to hypoxia/ischemia is that conditioning stimuli activate endogenous protective mechanisms that remain in effect for an extended period. 2) Various regions of the brain display selective vulnerability/resistance to hypoxic/ischemic injury. A spectrum of vulnerabilities even exists within structures known to be very susceptible to injury, such as the hippocampus. Using hippocampal slices, we are testing the hypothesis that selective resistance to ischemic insults is related to the propensity of a particular region to undergo ischemic preconditioning. Optical and electrophysiological techniques are used to monitor cell swelling and depolarization, which are early signs of ischemic injury. Currently, we are investigating the role of the paracrine cytokine, erythropoietin as a mediator of preconditioning by exploring its downstream signaling pathways. Our hope is that these investigations will point toward future therapeutic regimens to ameliorate the devastating effects of strokes.

Representative Publications

Kreisman NR, Olson JE
. Taurine enhances volume regulation in hippocampal slices swollen osmotically. Neuroscience. 2003;120(3):635-42.

Kreisman NR, Soliman S, Gozal D. Regional differences in hypoxic depolarization and swelling in hippocampal slices. J Neurophysiol. 2000 Feb;83(2):1031-8.

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