The Brain Trauma Foundation leads the way in cutting-edge clinical research on TBI. Improving diagnosis and treatment of TBI requires a focus on clinical research. The Foundation’s mission is to translate neuroscience into effective solutions. BTF’s research spans the spectrum from concussion to coma. BTF is conducting innovative research into the cause diagnosis of concussion. Also, BTF develops Best TBI Practice Guidelines, which can significantly improve a patient’s outcome when followed.
The Foundation is currently conducting studies and leading consortiums of investigators from multiple universities and disciplines in many TBI research areas that will have immediate impact on patient outcomes.
The BTF is currently working with the United States Department of Defense to develop a goggle eye tracking device to be used by the military to detect concussion and measure a soldier’s ability to pay attention. This new technology assesses the brain attention in 30 seconds and will also be used in the future to assess sports concussions.
Attention Dynamics Consortium in TBI
A multi-institutional research consortium seeking to understand the neurobiology of attention that can lead to common mild TBI symptoms. The novel aspects of this consortium are the measurement of damage to brain connections using new imaging techniques and comparing this to functional changes in neurophysiology and behavior using advanced imaging techniques, and in correlating behavioral performance using eye-tracking variability as a metric of attention.
Severe TBI and Coma
U.S. Trauma Center Surveys
The BTF developed and implemented the first survey of U.S. trauma centers, in 1991, which revealed considerable variability in head injury care. The survey results led to the development of BTF’s Guidelines for the Management of Severe Head Injury. In 2000 and 2007, the BTF again surveyed U.S. trauma centers, and showed increasing compliance with the BTF Guidelines.
BTF works with trauma centers around the world to improve compliance with BTF’s Guidelines and gathers data (TBI-Trac) on TBI patients in a coma. This data provides feedback to the trauma center medical personnel to improve their practices. In addition, this data is aggregated and analyzed to scientifically investigate new methods to save lives and improve outcomes. BTF has published several articles on improving outcomes by transporting patients directly to trauma centers, increasing nutrition delivery and brain pressure monitoring.