In an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, the presidents of University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore announced their vision for opening a sports medicine center to study brain trauma.
The hub will “integrate research, innovation and athletics and bring together leading researchers in neuroscience, genomics, biomechanics and other fields engaged in the advanced study of the brain and nervous system,” according to their letter.
The leaders of the center will be University of Maryland biology professor Elizabeth Quinlan and Dr. Alan Faden, David S. Brown Professor in Trauma at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.
This may be a great resource for people with questions about brain injury, as they will be doing cutting edge research into some of the most common big ideas of brain injury, such as why some people recover better than others.
Researchers will be studying “big data” mapping of the brain’s network of membranes and metabolic pathways. They will be looking into brain flexibility, and the brain’s ability to return back to normal after a brain injury.
When we wrote about “space brain,” the brain condition that arises from traveling to space, the brain does not return to normal. But when we wrote about football, the brain changes can return to normal after six months in some subjects. On our page subtlebraininjury.com, you will learn that even mild brain injury can cause permanent damage.
The center will study how brain’s flexibility can be reactivated after brain trauma, which would aid in and speed up recovery. The center was seeded with $3 million. Each year, about $76 billion are spent due to traumatic brain injury in the United States, according to the op-ed. It seems worth it considering that, and that 30 percent of injury deaths each year in the United States are due to traumatic brain injury as well.