A new, 5-year, multi-site study of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in US children will seek to assess the effects of treatment during the acute, short-term and longer-term phases of care on the functional, psychosocial and disability outcomes following TBI, according a Nationwide Children’s Hospital news release.

Keith Yeates, PhD, director of the Center for Biobehavioral Health in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, has reportedly been designated as lead neuropyschologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded study. Yeates emphasizes the importance of study, noting, “We know surprisingly little about the effects of treatment on the outcomes of traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents. The results of this study should help us provide parents of children with TBI with better evidence-based recommendations for their children’s care,” Yeates says.

The hospital’s release notes that the study will include children aged 8 years to 18 years old and its consortium is slated to involve investigators at Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Nationwide Children’s. Yeates will also serve as Nationwide Children’s principal investigator on the $2.75 million grant. 

For more information, visit http://www.nationwidechildrens.org

Source: Nationwide Children’s