When: March 4, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon
In the United States in 2018, it is estimated that were 2.8 million traumatic braining injuries (TBI) with more than 280,000 of those requiring hospitalization and more than 55,000 deaths. These numbers do not reflect the TBIs recorded for our service members. According to the Defense Medical Surveillance System, our military personnel suffered than 383,000 TBIs between 2000 and early 2018. Brain injury is now being described as the “signature wound” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
While a patient may present with cognitive or behavior issues, the structural damage inside the brain can be almost invisible. On Wednesday, March 4th from 11:00 a.m. until noon EST, ORAU will host a webinar featuring a team of researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology to discuss how they are using X-ray diffraction to better understand the structural impact of a TBI.
Title: Investigating ultrastructural mechanisms of TBI using X-ray diffraction
Abstract: With even a mild or moderate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the warfighter may suffer cognitive and/or behavioral impairments. Although symptoms present clinically, the type of biological structural damage that occurs from TBI may be “invisible” to commonly-used medical and scientific visualization techniques. In this webinar, researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology describe novel applications of X-ray diffraction developed recently to better understand the initial expression of brain injuries in myelinated cells. They also discuss means of developing evolutionary models of brain injuries, as well as methods of treating and protecting against the incidence of TBI.