Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


UT Dallas researcher secures $2.7m grant to better monitor and address TBI-related cognitive and functional deficits

-- Drs. Dan Krawczyk and Kihwan Han review MRI scans. Credit: Center for BrainHealth, Randy Anderson

– Drs. Dan Kraw­czyk and Kih­wan Han review MRI scans. Cred­it: Cen­ter for Brain­Health, Randy Ander­son

Sci­en­tist Gets Grant for Study of Vet­er­ans with Trau­mat­ic Brain Injuries (UT Dal­las release):

A researcher from the Cen­ter for Brain­Health at UT Dal­las has been award­ed a $2.7 mil­lion grant from the Depart­ment of Defense (DoD) under the Joint Warfight­er Med­ical Research Pro­gram.

The grant, award­ed to Dr. Daniel Kraw­czyk, deputy direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Brain­Health, will fund research, via a vir­tu­al tech­nol­o­gy plat­form, to improve cog­ni­tive and func­tion­al deficits for vet­er­ans who have expe­ri­enced trau­mat­ic brain injuries (TBI).

The project is a fol­low-up effort from a Cog­ni­tive Reha­bil­i­ta­tion for Trau­mat­ic Brain Injury Clin­i­cal Tri­al Award pre­vi­ous­ly giv­en by the DoD’s Psy­cho­log­i­cal Health and Trau­mat­ic Brain Injury Research Pro­gram. It was con­duct­ed under the strate­gic over­sight of the DoD’s Clin­i­cal and Reha­bil­i­ta­tive Med­i­cine and Mil­i­tary Oper­a­tional Med­i­cine Research pro­grams.

Those who expe­ri­ence a trau­mat­ic brain injury often strug­gle with work­ing mem­o­ry, plan­ning and cog­ni­tive con­trol, which impacts real-life func­tion­al­i­ty,” said Kraw­czyk, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science and cog­ni­tive psy­chol­o­gy and Deb­bie and Jim Fran­cis Chair in the School of Behav­ioral and Brain Sci­ences. “Uti­liz­ing an inno­v­a­tive vir­tu­al-real­i­ty plat­form, we hope to improve cog­ni­tive dif­fi­cul­ties in indi­vid­u­als with chron­ic TBI by train­ing strate­gies to accom­plish com­plex real-life tasks.”

The study will include more than 100 vet­er­ans, regard­less of ser­vice sta­tus, who have sus­tained trau­mat­ic brain injuries. The research team will col­lect struc­tur­al and func­tion­al brain imag­ing, and neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tions from par­tic­i­pants before and after train­ing.

The team also will use Expe­di­tion, a vir­tu­al-real­i­ty plat­form devel­oped by Vir­tu­al Heroes, a divi­sion of Applied Research Asso­ciates Inc., to estab­lish train­ing remote­ly over a four-week peri­od. The real-life train­ing sce­nar­ios include pack­ing for a trip, plan­ning and exe­cut­ing var­i­ous modes of trans­porta­tion, select­ing and remem­ber­ing loca­tions as well as mon­ey and time man­age­ment…

The unique design and approach of Expe­di­tion may also pro­vide for quan­tifi­able per­for­mance data through­out the inter­ven­tion itself, not just the tra­di­tion­al ‘before’ and ‘after,’” Kraw­czyk said. “The pos­si­bil­i­ty of get­ting a peek inside the his­toric ‘black box’ of trau­mat­ic brain injury research may assist in the devel­op­ment of more effec­tive or cus­tomiz­able inter­ven­tions and more sen­si­tive eval­u­a­tion meth­ods.”

To learn more:


Leave a Reply...

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Reply

Categories: Cognitive Neuroscience, Health & Wellness

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

About SharpBrains

As seen in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, CNN, Reuters,  SharpBrains is an independent market research firm tracking how brain science can improve our health and our lives.

Search in our archives

Follow us and Engage via…

RSS Feed

Watch All Recordings Now (40+ Speakers, 12+ Hours)