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Demystifying Medicine: Traumatic Brain Injury
Tuesday, April 20, 2021,
4:00:00 PM Time displayed is Eastern Time, Washington DC Local
TBI refers to injury to the brain from an external force, such as a fall, collision, or act of violence. TBI can cause a multitude of impairments, including cognitive, physical, or emotional and behavioral. Recovery is possible, although TBI often can lead to permanent disability or death.
Awareness and prevention are poised to reduce the incidence of TBI, particularly in contact sports. Nevertheless, TBI remains a serious problem for U.S. soldiers, whose missions place them at high risk for head injuries from artillery blasts and vehicle crashes. Characterizing brain damage and developing treatments to essentially heal the organ of the brain is a pressing endeavor.
David L. Brody, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of neurology within the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda and directs the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine there. Dr. Brody has developed and authenticated advanced imaging technologies to detect injury in the brain's white matter and showed, for the first time, how to predict neurological function by measuring amyloid, an abnormal protein in the brain. He also helped discover that diffusion tensor imaging, an advanced magnetic resonance imaging technique, can reveal blast-related damage.
Brad Dengler, M.D., is director of Neurotrauma/Neurocritical Care for the Division of Neurosurgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and holds an appointment as an assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has deployed twice to Iraq as the Chief of Neurosurgery, culminating with over twelve months of combat time. His research interests are the care of patients with severe traumatic brain injury, prolonged field care, and diagnosis and prognostication of patients with mild TBI.