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Solving the Problem of Military Concussions

March 26, 2010

Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are rampant in the military. The Department of Defense has isolated undiagnosed and untreated TBI as a significant problem for service men and women who are serving in Iraq, among other locations. In September of 2008, the DOD awarded the Brain Trauma Foundation, with Chairman Alan Quasha, a four year grant worth $4.6 million to develop a portable eye tracking device.

They want this device to be used on service men and women in the field to instantly recognize if they have suffered from brain damage. The BTF researchers have been working together with engineers and researchers at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine to create this device. They hope that it will revolutionize the way that mild traumatic brain injury is diagnosed and insure that those with brain injuries get the care that they need.

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