Repetitive Subconcussive Head Impacts – Brain Alterations and Clinical Consequences (REPIMPACT)
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Inga Koerte
Affiliation: Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy
Funding: 2017 to 2020
We propose a multidisciplinary, longitudinal cohort study that includes:
- fundamental research to understand the basic mechanisms of repetitive head impacts on a biological and functional level using a comprehensive battery of innovative MRI techniques, high density EEG, and blood and saliva sample arrays; and
- clinical research to develop new strategies for diagnosis, prediction, and prevention of brain alterations, where we will apply behavioural tests and measures of exposure to head impacts.
Our research will also yield technological advances such as innovative image analysis algorithms implemented in shared resources, and easily applicable saliva tests for the improvement of early diagnosis. Taken together, our project may have far reaching impact on the health of millions worldwide who are exposed to repetitive head impacts.