Recent investigations on the structure and function of the brain have generated fundamental insights into the neuroscience of traumatic brain injury. This discovery is driven by novel brain mapping approaches including magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography and event-related potentials. Inferences from these techniques, although constrained by the signal acquisition method and the analytical paradigms employed to interpret the signal, suggest a model in which traumatic injuries are associated with multifocal changes in large scale distributed neuronal systems.
Robert Stevens, MD, is an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine. He studies mechanisms of injury and repair within the central nervous system using approaches derived from systems neuroscience. Current projects employ quantitative brain mapping (structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, cell tracking methods, quantitative electroencephalography, evoked potentials) to investigate recovery following acute neurologic insults. The overarching goal is to identify treatment paradigms that will ameliorate outcomes after stroke, traumatic brain injury, and cardiac arrest. Dr Stevens’ research is funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense and Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute.
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North American Brain Injury Society
NABIS is a society comprised of professional members involved in the care or issues surrounding brain injury. The principal mission of the organization is moving brain injury science into practice.
National Neurotrauma Society
The National Neurotrauma Society seeks to accelerate research that will provide answers for clinicians and ultimately improve the treatments available to patients.
International Brain Injury Association
The International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) is dedicated to the development and support of multidisciplinary medical and clinical professionals, advocates, policy makers, consumers and others who work to improve outcomes and opportunities for persons with brain injury.
Read "Traumatic Brain Injury in Professional Football: An Evidence-Base Perspective"
an article on Hopkins continuing medical education program on TBI
The following press conference and podcasts are available in article listed above:
Press conference (video)
NFL Interest: The NFL is taking the lead in efforts to research mild traumatic brain injury.
Concussions: Why is there so much emphasis on concussions in sports lately?
When to Start: Should assessments be made of all athletes even before they start playing?
Gathering Evidence: A recent NFL/Johns Hopkins conference on mild traumatic brain injury hopes to develop trustworthy data.
Research Directions: Many aspects of mild traumatic brain injury need much more investigation.