Director, Translational Neurotrauma Research Program
Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
The University of Arizona
The National Neurotrauma Society is a community of scientists and health care providers who care not only for patient quality of life, but the scientific rigor supporting clinical practice and the career development of those interested in the field. My team views that annual symposium as an anchor point in our research to present our findings, reconnect with colleagues, and celebrate science.
Translational Neurotrauma Research Program is a joint venture through BARROW Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Department of Child Health at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Phoenix, and Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System. The research questions primarily investigate traumatic brain injury, among other acquired neurological injuries, as a series of events that dismantle circuits in the brain and in response repair those injured circuits. ]Unfortunately, repair occurs without the elegant sequence of events found in development and consequently disorganized circuits form. Disorganized circuits serve as the basis for neurological conditions associated with brain injury, such as sensory sensitivity, cognitive impairment, endocrine dysfunction, seizure susceptibility, and balance incoordination. Ongoing investigations identify mechanisms (e.g. inflammation, synaptogenesis, neuropathology) and evaluate restorative and regenerative treatments (e.g. rehabilitation, diet) to improve outcome and quality of life.