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ORAU Webinar Series

ORAU Webinar Series

For more than 70 years, ORAU has helped our customers advance their mission by providing science, health and workforce solutions. Through our specialized teams of experts and a consortium of more than 120 universities, we connect the right people and resources to help our customers solve our nation’s most challenging issues.

Our 2020 Webinar Series features world-class subject matter experts presenting novel and emerging research in their respective fields. Our goal is to stimulate conversation and collaboration around some of the important research needs facing our country.

Upcoming Webinar: Investigating ultrastructural mechanisms of TBI using X-ray diffraction

When: March 4, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon

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In the United States in 2018, it is estimated that were 2.8 million traumatic braining injuries (TBI) with more than 280,000 of those requiring hospitalization and more than 55,000 deaths.  These numbers do not reflect the TBIs recorded for our service members. According to the Defense Medical Surveillance System, our military personnel suffered than 383,000 TBIs between 2000 and early 2018.  Brain injury is now being described as the “signature wound” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.   

While a patient may present with cognitive or behavior issues, the structural damage inside the brain can be almost invisible.  On Wednesday, March 4th from 11:00 a.m. until noon EST, ORAU will host a webinar featuring a team of researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology to discuss how they are using X-ray diffraction to better understand the structural impact of a TBI. 

Title: Investigating ultrastructural mechanisms of TBI using X-ray diffraction

Abstract: With even a mild or moderate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the warfighter may suffer cognitive and/or behavioral impairments. Although symptoms present clinically, the type of biological structural damage that occurs from TBI may be “invisible” to commonly-used medical and scientific visualization techniques. In this webinar, researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology describe novel applications of X-ray diffraction developed recently to better understand the initial expression of brain injuries in myelinated cells. They also discuss means of developing evolutionary models of brain injuries, as well as methods of treating and protecting against the incidence of TBI.

Presenters:

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Joseph Orgel (PhD)
Professor of Biology & Biomedical Eng.
Associate Director of BioCAT

Illinois Institute of Technology

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Ashley Eidsmore
Electrical Engineer & TBI Researcher

Combat Capabilities Development Command’s
Army Research Laboratory (CCDC ARL)

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Jason McDonald (PhD)
Physicist

Combat Capabilities Development Command’s
Army Research Laboratory (CCDC ARL)


Moderator:

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Jim Malone (PhD)
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)