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. 

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For more than 25 years, Namas Chandra has worked with the US Army to improve protective systems, including body armor and helmets.

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Bryan Pfister, Ph.D., talks about the ways he is trying to understand the mechanics behind brain injury to learn how to treat it.

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Where Hockey and Engineering Collide: NJIT Highlanders Join a Pioneering Concussion Study

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Namas Chandra
Namas ChandraProfessor of Biomedical Engineering, Newark College of Engineering, and Director of the Center for Injury Biomechanics, Materials and Medicine at NJIT
Bryan Pfister
Bryan PfisterAssociate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Newark College of Engineering
Tara Alvarez
Tara AlvarezProfessor of Biomedical Engineering, Newark College of Engineering
Bharat Biswal
Bharat BiswalProfessor of Biomedical Engineering, Newark College of Engineering

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