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Longitudinal MRI in 11-18 Year Olds Following Head Injury

Presented by Izabelle Lövgren

Abstract: Head injuries are very common in young people. Despite this, research into head injuries, particularly in adolescents, is scarce. One of the key factors limiting our understanding of head injuries is the absence of reliable predictors of outcome. Specifically, the conventional clinical assessment tools used to evaluate head injuries do not appear to be sufficiently sensitive to certain aspects of brain injury that may be important with respect to long-term outcome and recovery.

Using advanced MRI techniques, we hope to better characterise the pathophysiology of head injuries. By doing so, our aims are to: (1) identify clinical and imaging markers that help us predict how well a young person will recover after a head injury, (2) investigate how these markers change over time, (3) test if clinical factors like injury mechanism predict specific imaging findings, and (4) evaluate the lasting burden of head injuries, particularly in sports.