Tackling the plague of traumatic brain injuries
Today an estimated 5.3 million Americans live with a disability caused by a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Researchers in NJIT’s Department of Biomedical Engineering are responding with a comprehensive program to gain knowledge, develop therapies and improve protective technologies.
Associate Professor Bryan Pfister is exploring how TBI evolves from the cellular level to the systems level, where it causes vision, speech and motor dysfunction. His work will be aided by the Center for Injury Biomechanics, Materials and Medicine directed by Professor Namas Chandra. This new facility will recreate TBIs under various conditions using biological samples and dummy heads. Professors Bharat Biswal and Tara Alvarez are seeking a reliable biomarker for concussions by testing NJIT hockey players, recording blood oxygen levels in different parts of the players’ brains and measuring eye movements. Their ultimate goal is to create a portable device to measure the severity of TBI and determine whether an athlete is at risk if sent back into the game.