Activities & Resources

Activities

Scientific Meetings

Seminars

CBI regularly convenes researchers and clinicians to discuss the science and practice of brain injury care. Bi-weekly Neurotrauma Research in Progress Seminars (NT-RIPS) and monthly CBI Grand Rounds are jointly held with partners in the Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine. A full list of upcoming presentations is here.

CBI Research Day

CBI's flagship event convenes Ohio State faculty, staff, and students from across the university to share and discuss the latest insights into chronic brain injury topics. This full-day symposium features guest speakers, Ohio State experts, trainee posters and lightning talks, and presentations from campus partners.

Learn more here.

Community Events

Ohio TBI Summit

CBI co-sponsors the Ohio TBI Summit, hosted by the Brain Injury Association of Ohio. This conference brings together health professionals, brain injury survivors, researchers, and caregivers to learn about brain injury survivorship and care in Ohio. Attendees also include members of the Brain Injury Advisory Council, Ohio's legislative team focused on supporting and guiding brain injury resources across the state. Ohio State faculty, staff, and trainees present their work to the community in a sponsored poster and lightning talk session.

NeuroNights

CBI co-hosts monthly workshops for brain injury survivors and their families focused on promoting lifelong wellness after brain injury. These workshops bring experts from across Ohio State's campus to educate and enable the brain injury community to adopt healthy behaviors, navigate financial and legal challenges, and encourage independent and productive living.

Learn more about NeuroNights here.

Trainings & Workshops

Brain Health Hack

CBI co-sponsors the Brain Health Hack, a weekend workshop for undergraduates to develop mobile health solutions for brain injury, recovery, and performance enhancement. Students in neuroscience and psychology partner with peers studying computer science, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, communication, and more to create smartphone applications, virtual- or augmented-reality interventions, and other tools to improve lives at home, in the clinic, or on the go.

Professional Development

Complementary training for researchers, clinicians, and students can be critical to increasing the visibility and impact of our science. Each semester, CBI arranges workshops to build communications and management skills that enable our professionals to elevate their work.

NeuRHO

Social and service events bring our community together to connect with each other and the communities we serve. This networking series creates new collisions that lead to novel research projects and partnerships.

Resources

Contact: Anthony Brown, PhD | Neuroscience | brown.2302@osu.edu

Established in 2004 and funded by a P30 Center Core grant from the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Ohio State University Neuroscience Center Core is a vital hub for neuroscience research and collaboration across campus, providing specialized expertise and services that support research into the causes and treatments of neurological disorders

The Center consists of an Administrative Core and four Scientific Cores that are managed by highly trained and experienced staff. These cores serve a broad and collaborative community of more than 40 neuroscientists including approximately 30 PIs on approximately 40 NIH-funded neuroscience projects totaling approximately $12 million in annual NIH funding.

A key feature of these Cores is their flexible service model, which allows them to perform procedures for users or to train users that wish to perform the procedures in the Core facility or in their own laboratories. In this way, the Cores maximize efficiency, offering centralized access to equipment and expertise that would be difficult, costly or impractical to duplicate in individual laboratories, while at the same time providing standardized protocols and ensuring uniform application of best practices so that experiments are performed to the highest standards.

By making these services available to investigators, the Center also encourages the adoption of a broader range of technical approaches by individual investigators, strengthening NINDS-funded research on campus and furthering or expanding the scope of NINDS-funded and other neuroscience projects.

Contact: Ruchika Prakash, PhD | Psychology | prakash.30@osu.edu

The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging (CCBBI) in the College of Arts and Sciences is a new state-of-the art interdisciplinary research facility dedicated to pursuing structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies. It aims to contribute to the development of future brain imaging modalities and to create and disseminate knowledge about brain, mind, and imaging research.

The study of brain functioning and behavior (cognitive neuroscience), is one of the fastest growing fields in psychology and the social and biological sciences more generally. A major contributor to this growth is the development of innovative functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) technology. With a Siemens 3T Prisma system and ancillary equipment to support research spanning the cognitive and behavioral sciences, CCBBI is dedicated to the study of brain mechanisms underlying individuals' cognitive capacity and subjective well-being, as well as dysfunctions of these brain mechanisms in normal aging and mental disorders. CCBBI is open to all scholars exploring the relationship between the human brain and behavior.

Contact: Elizabeth Kirby, PhD | Psychology | kirby.224@osu.edu

An essential aspect of repairing brain injury is quantifying tissue damage and recovery in experimental paradigms. Microscopy provides a powerful way to visualize the brain in situ using postmortem tissue sections. However, when imaging thick tissue sections, out-of-focus light can make images blurry, obscuring important details in the in-focus plane. Confocal microscopes address the problem of out-of-focus light by using high-precision lasers to create thin optical sections. While confocal technology provides excellent imaging, it is time-consuming, damaging to samples, expensive and high maintenance.

The Zeiss Apotome is a microscope that offers high resolution imaging similar to that of traditional confocal microscopy but in a fraction of the time and with less damage to fluorescent signal. The Apotome uses a traditional fluorescence microscope coupled with a hardware add-on (the apotome) and deconvolution algorithms to create high resolution z-stacks, yielding well-focused images through thick tissue sections. This process yields images 20-50 times faster than traditional confocal technology with only a small loss in resolution.

Contact: Karl Obrietan, PhD | Neuroscience | obrietan.1@osu.edu

The Olympus FVMPE-RS multiphoton imaging system is purpose-built for deep imaging in biological tissue, aimed at revealing both detail and dynamics. Innovative features for efficient delivery and detection of photons in scattering media enable high signal-to-noise ratio acquisition. This translates to bright images with precise details — even from deep within the specimen. High sensitivity is matched with high-speed imaging to capture rapid in vivo responses.

Contact: Yune Lee, PhD | Speech & Hearing Sciences | lee.7966@osu.edu

Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is an emerging neuroimaging technology that optically measures brain function similar to fMRI (BOLD signal). Ohio State's LABNIRS device offers a powerful fNIRS system that allows investigators to study brain function during seated and standing tasks, at a patient's bedside, or on a sideline. Investigators can also study people unable to undergo MR imaging due to age, implanted devices, or other restrictions.

Contact: Olga Kokiko-Cochran, PhD | Neuroscience | olga.kokiko-cochran@osumc.edu

CHIMERA is a translationally relevant platform for human traumatic brain injury (TBI) research. CHIMERA was specifically designed to overcome many of the caveats that limit the translational relevance of most existing TBI models. CHIMERA's innovation lies in its ability to generate, in a biomechanically controlled and reproducible manner, a wide range of TBI severity with completely free head movement.

CBI offers faculty affiliates professional development opportunities at no charge. Past offerings range from free headshots to multi-session speaker trainings. These opportunities are offered 1-2 times per semester - please contact CBI staff if you would like to learn more or if you have an idea for a future offering.