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Vol. 31, No. 5, 2009
Issue release date: September 2009
Section title: Original Paper
Free Access
Dev Neurosci 2009;31:403–411

Erythropoietin Sustains Cognitive Function and Brain Volume after Neonatal Stroke

Gonzalez F.F.a · Abel R.d, e · Almli C.R.d–f · Mu D.b, g · Wendland M.c · Ferriero D.M.a, b
Departments of aPediatrics, bNeurology and cRadiology, University of California, San Francisco, Calif., dDepartmental Neuropsychobiology Laboratory, eProgram in Occupational Therapy, and fDepartment of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo., USA; gDepartment of Pediatrics, West China Second Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
email Corresponding Author

Fernando F. Gonzalez, MD

Neonatal Brain Disorders Laboratory, University of California, San Francisco

521 Parnassus Avenue, C215

San Francisco, CA 94143-0663 (USA)

Tel. +1 415 502 5822, Fax +1 415 502 5821, E-Mail gonzalezf@peds.ucsf.edu


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