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US Department of Defense supports study of brain, eye injuries in military personnel
Date:1/13/2011

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Institute Director Tom Dingus said, "We are continuing to expand our research in the field of military personnel safety. This phase 2 award will move us even further toward determining the causes of brain and eye injuries in military personnel thereby allowing us to then development safety mechanisms for the soldiers and transport vehicles."

Stitzel, associate professor of biomedical engineering and program leader of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University Center for Injury Biomechanics, will lead the activities at the Wake Forest University part of the center. His team has experience developing computer models of the human body for injury prediction and studying injuries that occur in real-world scenarios. They will perform computational modeling of blast, brain and eye injury. They will also help with development of physical surrogates to measure blast loading on the human face and head for integrating experimental and computer modeling results. "With current prototyping technologies and our experience with development of three dimensional models of human anatomy, we are positioned to do the right kinds of research to really understand this important problem," said Stitzel.

The United States military is faced with a number of significant biomechanical questions for the nearly 3 million active duty and reserve personnel who fight in this nation's conflicts. Head (brain, eye, and facial fracture), neck, and chest injuries are an ever present risk of military duty. Injuries to the head, neck, and chest can be seriously debilitating or fatal and dramatically reduce the combat effectiveness of the American soldier.


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Contact: Sherri Box
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Virginia Tech
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