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Traumatic Brain Injury: UCSF Neurosurgeon Calls For More Research, Improved Treatment Standard
Date:3/20/2009

What is needed is a new classification system and an overall standardization of treatment and research efforts, says UCSF professor and internationally recognized neurotrauma expert Geoff Manley, MD, PhD, professor of neurological surgery, co-director of the UCSF Brain and Spinal Injury Center and chief of neurotrauma at UCSF-affiliated San Francisco General Hospital.

(Vocus) March 20, 2009 -- But when the headlines shift to other topics and the current flurry of public interest in TBI subsides, there will remain a pressing need for increased awareness and improved treatment of these potentially life-altering -- but also often treatable -- injuries, says UCSF professor and internationally recognized neurotrauma expert Geoff Manley, MD, PhD, professor of neurological surgery, co-director of the UCSF Brain and Spinal Injury Center and chief of neurotrauma at UCSF-affiliated San Francisco General Hospital.

The majority of TBI victims -- who number about 1.4 million annually -- are treated and released from the emergency department, but TBI remains a major cause of death and disability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 5.3 million Americans are currently living with long-term or permanent mental and physical impairments as a result of a TBI.

"Studies over the past two decades have revealed much about the biological mechanisms behind TBI, but there has been a serious lag when it comes to translating that knowledge into a successful clinical trial and improved patient care," said Manley.

"There have been more than two dozen failed clinical trials, and no substantial progress in taking the kind of research we do at UCSF and translating it to the clinical arena," Manley said. "Even the way we classify TBI is completely outdat
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