Brain trauma

As the lead cause of death and disability under the age of 45 years, traumatic brain injury also brings with it astonishing socio-economic costs as it disproportionately affects people of working age. Estimated to cost the economy over $60 billion annually in the US alone it is also the leading cause of destitution in developing countries. The signature injury of recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, brain trauma has now become a major public concern leading to reduced sport participation in younger age groups.

BRIDGE Fellows

We have invited researchers to consider projects in this theme that will harness the unique collaborative environment at Birmingham where a Fellow could join the academic excellence across the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at Illinois.

Unique benefits of the BRIDGE Fellowship programme

  • Uniquely positioned alongside the QEHB the successful Fellow could study clinical cohorts at any step of their journey, from the roadside or pitch-side right through to rehabilitation and beyond.
  • Bridge cutting edge research in cognition, neuro-imaging and material sciences at the Beckman with the translational neuro-trauma research at the University of Birmingham
  • Collaborate in a thriving programme of research on sport concussion in partnership with the leading sports authorities in the UK
  • Neurotrauma research at UoB is strongly cross-disciplinary, working with advanced neuro-monitoring (cerebral microdialysis, invasive brain tissue oxygen tension, Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and neurophysiology) and neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI, MR Spectroscopy) on cohorts of severely and mildly injured patients