Understanding psychiatric illness associated with traumatic brain injury


The kind of work
I do is to apply magnetic resonance
imaging techniques to understanding
human behavior. Some of that relates
to normal development and normal aging,
and some of that is to focus on high risk or factors
that might lead somebody to have a psychiatric illness
or a behavioral problem. One of our most recent
projects has been to look at returning veterans and to
look at the incidents of traumatic brain injury
and the kind of changes the brain has undergone
with exposure to mild traumatic
brain injury. This is an area of
great interest both to the civilian population
and the veteran population because there are ongoing
psychiatric problems and cognitive problems in
many of the individuals who have multiple, mild
traumatic brain injuries. Well the hope for our work
is that it will be applied to clinical interventions, that
is that we would expect that if we could find biomarkers or
neurobiological changes that highlight risk, that these then
could be used to provide early intervention in individuals
who might then be saved a lot of clinical
pain in the future. The Brain Institute has been
really very instrumental in my getting to know many individuals
across the University of Utah campus, both in the basic
neurosciences and as well as other clinical sciences,
and has really provided an infrastructure that has allowed
us to explore mutual interests.

2 thoughts on “Understanding psychiatric illness associated with traumatic brain injury

  1. Don't you mean psychiatric injury rather than psychiatric illness? TBI sufferers are subjected to enough stigmatization and marginalization as it is. Is your research designed to help victims or insurers?

  2. +Enlightened One what's the difference? The damage is done! That person is ill (Not in full health) DUE to the brain injury. They're using the correct terminology.

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