Research Tuesdays: Concussions. Lasting impact

Research Tuesdays

Think a bump on the head is no big deal? Think again. A single concussion can inflict lasting cognitive damage and even elevate your chances of developing neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's or dementia. It’s time to re-evaluate how we handle head injuries.

Currently, when a person experiences a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI), the precise outcome is uncertain. While some individuals recover fully, others experience long-lasting impairments that affect their motor function, cognition, and mood. These can severely impact quality of life and may worsen over time.

In the face of these sobering realities, researchers at the University of Adelaide are searching for practical solutions. By investigating our brains’ complex mechanisms, they hope to understand why some individuals face higher risks post-injury. Their mission is twofold: to arm clinicians with the predictive tools needed to forecast patient outcomes with greater accuracy and to spearhead the development of more effective and timely treatments.

Join Associate Professor Lyndsey Collins-Praino to learn about breakthroughs in brain injury research. Register to attend in-person at The Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide, North Terrace campus or online

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