It amazes me how I can see more research being done on Traumatic Brain Injuries every day, sometimes without even looking for information. For example yesterday, a close friend shared a link with me on Facebook about a student’s research on TBI.
This student just received a prize from the American Academy of Technology for his research on Traumatic Brain Injury. The student, Shan Lateef, has been studying “the effects of single and recurrent TBI (rTBI) on Drosophila melanogaster’s (a) life span, (b) response to sedatives, and (c) behavioral responses to light and gravity and (2) to determine whether therapeutic hypothermia can mitigate the deleterious effects of TBI.”
In this experiment they studied five groups:
(2) single TBI or concussion
(3) concussion + hypothermia
(5) rTBI + hypothermia.
They used a “high- impact trauma device” to throw the flies against a wall. (I feel really bad, even though they were just flies and it was for science.) After causing damage to the brain, the hypothermia groups were cooled at 15°C for 3 minutes.
The experiment showed that hypothermia lessened the effects of the TBI, CTE or Concussion in the flies. If hypothermia can be proven to have the same effect on humans, it will open so many doors in the treatment of these types of injuries.
Read more about this experiment: