A nanoscience assistant professor at University of North Carolina Greensboro, Marinella Sandros, is working with a team to develop a device that will measure blood proteins to detect moderate TBI, traumatic brain injury.
Sandros wrote an opinion piece detailing the journey of discovery and teamwork for the News & Record online:
Currently, there are no medical tools available to objectively diagnose mild traumatic brain injuries. Only subjective testing is available. For severe to moderate TBI, a physician can detect morphological changes in the brain using an MRI or CT-scan, but for an mTBI there are often no changes that can be detected using these devices.
Therefore, these medical diagnostic tools are not reliable. With the help of the device we are making, we can look at the chemical changes that occur in the brain. If the blood-brain barrier, or the cells that separate circulating blood from the brain membrane, is breached following an mTBI, specific proteins are released into the central nervous system and then into our bloodstream. This device will be able to monitor these proteins.
You can read Marinella Sandros‘ full opinion article HERE.
More information on TBI research, detection and treatment is available through the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.