The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is granting $18.8 million over the course of five years to support worldwide research on concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The NIH award, part of one of the largest international research collaborations ever coordinated, supports a team of U.S. researchers at more than 20 institutions throughout the U.S.
The long-term effects from blows to the head have gained more attention recently, due in part to media coverage of the experiences of athletes and soldiers returning from combat. However, TBIs that result from vehicle crashes and other common accidents impact many more people.
According to UCSF neurosurgeon Geoffrey Manley, MD, PhD, a principal investigator for the grant, stated that many who are affected by TBIs are never diagnosed. Manley said that the NIH researchers aim to refine and improve diagnosis and treatment of TBI, which frequently is undiagnosed, misdiagnosed and misunderstood.
“Each year in the United States, at least 1.7 million people seek medical attention for TBI,” Manley stated. “It is a contributing factor in a third of all injury-related deaths.”
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Did You Know: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 2 percent of the U.S. population now lives with TBI-related disabilities.