Medical advances prior to Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn led to the survival of many causalities who previously would have died from traumatic brain injury (TBI) sustained from IED blast exposures. However, we now need to help those survivors live a viable post-deployment life with their brain injuries.
We are supporting research that is focused on understanding the long-term effects of blast exposure on balance and orientation. We use a state of the art testing suite that includes a rotational chair, loaned from NASA, as well as advanced balance measurement systems. Using this information we are working to determine if underlying damage in the balance system is contributing to the neurological symptoms common to those patients with documented TBI. Other work is being conducted in the neurology and neurobehavioral laboratories, which is focused upon identifying long-lasting chemical changes in the brain following TBI and novel targets for treatment.