PNG's current research examines the connection between mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) biomechanics and the underlying pathophysiology as well as methods for the prevention of mTBI. Our longitudinal research methods represent the most advanced application of neuroimaging, neurocognitive and biomechanical modeling approaches among current and planned studies in this domain. PNG uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to evaluate both structure and function (fMRI) in addition to MR spectroscopy (MRS) to quantify changes in brain physiology for correlation with neurocognitive testing, sports telemetry and finite element analysis. By combining these diverse methods, PNG seeks to better understand the nature of mTBI and to develop improved methods of detection and prevention. The long term goal of PNG is to ensure that more youth may participate in more collision-based sports (e.g., football) more safely. These data have already been used to develop interventions designed to keep athletes and soldiers safer.

PNG's research was previously supported through grants from the Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Foundation, a part of the Indiana State Department of Health; GE Healthcare; and BrainScope, LLC, through the GE-NFL Head Health Initiative.

PNG's research effort offers significant naming opportunities for those who wish significantly to improve our understanding of brain injury or who wish to enhance the safety and enjoyment of youth sports.

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