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Brain injury study offers hope to those affected

The effects of a brain injury can be traumatic and long-reaching. It potentially affects all functions of the body and can lower the quality of life for those suffering an injury. In an effort to further research brain injury and the effects it has on the human body, the Moody Foundation of Galveston is pledging $9 million to the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).

Brain injury research shows that trauma to the brain can begin a process of disease that can detrimentally affect someone's cognitive function, their physiological process and also reduce their life quality. These types of injuries sometimes cannot be reversed and could ultimately lead to a premature death.

Traumatic brain injury has been link to serious neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's dementia, Parkinson's disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. UTMB researchers believe that a brain injury is not only an acute process but something that could potentially cause many other chronic disorders.

Researchers at UTMB are hopeful they will be able to discover new treatments for brain injuries by involving 'adult circulating progenitor cells' and also examining certain genes and proteins which may have been altered due to a traumatic brain injury.

They are hopeful that examining them will help researchers identify new treatments that could decrease the trauma of a serious brain injury. This study could offer hope to those suffering from a brain injury and also help those in the future who may be subjected to one. The University of Texas study may allow researchers the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those affected and also to the families who have been affected by traumatic brain injuries.

Source: Galveston County Daily News, "$9M grant to UTMB supports brain injury research," University of Texas Medical Branch, May 8, 2012

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