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The Unexpectedly Common Traumatic Brain Injury We Continue to Ignore - Jeffrey Rogers with James Reid

November 17, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Allen 101X (Auditorium)
The Unexpectedly Common Traumatic Brain Injury We Continue to Ignore

While the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) has recently become a health focus in athletics and militaries worldwide, data from fielding over 150,000 individually wearable sensors for monitoring hazardous events question common assumptions about the sources of those risks. This talk will review the development and fielding of a sensor system to record TBI events. Findings from two years of use by high-risk military and first responder groups will be discussed. A representative set of the over 5,000 recorded events will be reviewed, along with detailed event recreations. This will include data from the first recorded improvised explosive device (IED) attack and from training operations of civilian first responders. While the expected inertial and blast exposures are observed, the majority of the hazardous exposures are found to be unreported training events. These events will be discussed, along with future research directions.

Presented by:  Jeffrey Rogers with James Reid

Jeffrey Rogers is currently a Director of Engineering at Google responsible for a healthcare technology focus. Prior to joining Google he held positions as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and simultaneously as faculty in Control and Dynamical Systems at California Institute of Technology (2005-2008) and a scientist at HRL Laboratories (2001-2008). He received a Ph.D. in Physics from Georgia Tech in 2001, an M.S. from Emory on condensed matter/complex systems, and an M.S. in Applied Math and Computational Physics and B.S. in Physics from Florida Atlantic Univ.

James Reid is a former Special Forces Medical Sergeant and civilian paramedic who will be joining us to assist with discussion about use of the Blast Gauge for triage of traumatic brain injury and training concerns. During his 25 years in the Special Forces, completing 10 combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as a civilian paramedic he has seen the causes and effects of Traumatic Brain Injury first hand. James also has experience with use of the Blast Gauge from his time at the Special Forces Force Modernization Office.

Co-hosts:  Roger Howe and David Camarillo

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