Imaging Traumatic Brain Injury
Advanced MRI Methods
Brain Imaging Modelling
Heart Rate Variability
mTBI BIOMARKER DISCOVERY
Currently there are no non-invasive imaging methods that can detect mild TBI, and predict if the patient will make a rapid and full recovery or require extensive rehabilitation. The faster the condition is recognised, the sooner intervention can begin. MRI shows promise for detecting subtle brain changes in concussion/mTBI.
Early identification through advanced imaging could result in significant health improvements. Finding a reliable and objective test for concussion will help to determine interventions and assess if and when people can safely return to normal routines and activities.
Mātai’s research could have potential for both understanding the fundamental causes of concussion and for better treatments, including improved protocols for the identification and management of concussion and for return to activity protocols. Such protocols could also include evidence backed mandatory stand-down periods in sports.
See additional detail on research underway by the Centre for Brain Research, Mātai and other collaborators Concussion Research 2020.