Scientists in Cincinnati awarded grant to study brain injuries

A University of Cincinnati doctor has received a grant to study traumatic brain injuries that are often misdiagnosed as other ailments, according to news reports.

Dr. Benjmain Bixenmann’s current research involves using a retinal scanner to diagnose concussions in athletes. The grant will award him $11,500 to test the technology, which could also be used to test troops who suffer TBIs in combat, according to news reports.

Traumatic brain injuries are of special interest to brain injury attorneys at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP, who understand the impact of TBIs on families and offer options on how they should proceed if they are affected by an accident.

The technology being developed by doctors could confirm a diagnosis in as little as 10 seconds, with the scanner that assesses changes in the thickness of a person’s retina. Whether athlete or soldier, a brain injury that may have not be accurately treated before because it wasn’t detected could potentially benefit from earlier treatment.

Two other grants awarded will also address research of TBIs. An $8,000 grant given to Dr. Yair Gozal will be used to help determine if trauma patients could use more testing or monitoring. Kristine Sonstrom, a third grant recipient will use $9,000 to address damage caused by trauma to the ears.

More money to fund research, prevention and treatment of TBIs is needed to help decrease the estimated 1.7 million Americans treated for a trauma-related brain injury each year. The progress of such research could lead to a better future for victims of TBIs and their families.

In the meantime, however, if you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered brain damage as a result of an accident, do not wait to see a doctor or contact a brain injury attorney at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP.

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