Chronic Brain Injury

ADVANCING THE PREVENTION, DETECTION, AND TREATMENT OF BRAIN INJURIES

Our brain is the body's most complex organ. It makes us who we are. It is critical to our abilities to speak, think, remember, interact and move. Even mild brain injuries can have persistent, chronic effects that affect future health and wellbeing. However, the detection of the extent, phase and severity of brain injury continues to be elusive.

To accelerate discovery, more than 250 experts in the fields of engineering, psychology, neuroscience, speech and hearing science, rehabilitation and medicine are forming and scaling teams to translate knowledge, and expand capacity to implement practical solutions through public-private partnerships. We are:

  • Developing methods for detecting the presence and extent of brain injuries and chronic neurodegenerative diseases with real-time monitoring of “rare” biological moieties
  • Deepening an understanding of why even mild brain injuries (e.g., concussions) have persistent, chronic effects that can provoke early-onset dementia, and developing personalized interventions in the case of injury.
  • Understanding the effects on cognitive abilities, psychological wellbeing and social competence from trauma on the brain's structures and functions, and conditions like Alzheimer Disease.
  • Creating new and improved approaches and techniques for imaging the brain with emerging sensor technologies and data analysis methods, and breakthroughs in neural interfacing technology, neural prosthetics and biotronic engineering technologies.
  • Studying the role of immune cells and responses after traumatic brain injury to develop intervention strategies to decrease brain damage and translate NIH-funded clinical trials for acute neurological conditions into best practice assessment techniques.

Ohio State is advancing how we understand and approach brain injury — from molecular investigations in the laboratory to clinical applications at patients' bedsides.

Program Leads

Program Manager

Kedar Hiremath, MBA, MPH

Interim Faculty Director

Jonathan Godbout, PhD

News

Chronic Brain Injury

Seed grants available for traumatic brain injury research

Chronic Brain Injury, a Discovery Themes program, is offering up to five seed grants of $25,000 for interdisciplinary research projects on traumatic brain injury, concussion and related chronic effects such as cognitive impairment. Submit letters of intent by the deadline of Monday (10/15).

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Chronic Brain Injury

Subtle hearing loss while young changes brain function

Cranking up your headphones or scrambling for a front-row spot at rock shows could be damaging more than your hearing. "Hearing loss, even minor deficits, can take a toll in young people - they're using cognitive resources that could be preserved until much later in life," says Yune Lee, a CBI affiliate and assistant professor in Speech & Hearing Sciences. "Most concerning, this early hearing loss could pave the way for dementia."

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Chronic Brain Injury

New Thoughts About Brain Disorders: Electrical Engineering Research Delves into Mind

People with brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease could probably tell you about the limitations of current treatments. But what if they could have better options in the future — options beyond currently approved medications or devices?

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Chronic Brain Injury

CBI affiliate Lise Worthen-Chaudhari awarded 2016 Early Career Innovator of the Year

As Ohio State continues to expand its role in the commercialization of research, it is important to create an environment that facilitates and rewards research creativity and entrepreneurship. To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity among Ohio State researchers, three university-wide awards were presented on January 25, 2017, to Ohio State’s most successful entrepreneurs.

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Chronic Brain Injury

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Awarded Spinal Cord Injury Grant

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has been awarded a five-year, $2.2-million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to build the Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System.

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