Our Research

Every 8 seconds somebody in the United States sustains a brain injury due to a fall, collision or accident. Even with today’s advanced medical technology – computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – it is very difficult to figure out the extent and type of brain damage. While most people who have a concussion or even a structural brain injury recover completely, a small percentage do not heal quickly. Without recognition of their injury, these people sometimes suffer in obscurity, self-medicate into an addictive spiral, have impaired professional activity, and develop failed interpersonal relationships.

Our laboratory is investigating methods for improved classification of brain injury to enable better identification of people who not recover. The primary methodology that we are developing for quantitation of the extent of injury utilizes eye tracking. A research subject watches a short film clip or music video as it plays on a monitor. A camera measures eye movements with high precision and identifies patterns associated with brain injury.

How to Participate

We recruit trauma patients and controls (healthy normal people) from the emergency department, trauma bay, neurosurgery service and outpatient TBI center at Hennepin County Medical Center. Still, if you or a loved one has sustained any traumatic injury, please consider participating in our research study. All we need is fifteen minutes to an hour of your time in return for a small honorarium. Our eye tracking session takes less than five minutes and does not require any invasive processes but we encourage you to enroll in other components of our study as well. Our friendly staff is eager to assist you with detailed information about a variety of sessions we offer and scheduling an appointment should you decide to contribute to our research efforts. You can contact us directly at (612) 873-7190 or braininjuryresearch@hcmed.org. Please don’t forget to refer any family or friends who might be interested in working with us!

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