By Guest Blogger Kerri Roberts, Research Coordinator with the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been a hot topic in recent years. Due to increased awareness of the potential long term negative consequences of TBI, stemming from the large number of TBIs experienced by service members during conflicts overseas and the deaths of several high-profile NFL players attributed to TBI-related problems, millions of dollars have been invested in research aimed at improving outcomes for individuals with TBI. Although much has been learned about the brain over the past 10 years, there are still gaps in our understanding of what contributes to divergent outcomes among individuals who have experienced TBI, as well as what types of rehabilitation strategies are most effective for recovery. In other words, why do some people recover really well after a TBI and some do not? And what can be done following a TBI to improve outcomes?