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UTMB begins unique, comprehensive project on TBI
Date:11/21/2013

ted, The Moody Foundation believes that UTMB will become a national leader in the treatment of traumatic brain injury by providing new hope for individuals and families affected by this severe problem."

TBI has been called the "signature wound" of soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, with an estimated 25 percent of military casualties caused by TBI. TBI may be one of the reasons why veterans have a higher incidence of suicide and depression than the rest of the population.

TBI also has received attention because of its frequency in athletes. Any impact to the head even a series of mild hits that occurs from being tackled during a football game or being hit in the head during a boxing match can cause TBI.

In all, more than 5 million Americans suffer from the injury, and its treatment costs the country more than $56 billion each year. In Texas alone, someone sustains a TBI every four minutes.

Dr. David L. Callender, president of UTMB, lauded the commitment by The Moody Foundation.

"This grant not only lays the foundation for this project but also signals to the scientific community that UTMB and The Moody Foundation are committed to finding a way to effectively treat TBI," Callender said. "This is an ambitious and exciting project and we're thankful to The Moody Foundation for its support."

The UTMB project will be the most comprehensive look to date at TBI and is based on five research plans: using adult circulating mesenchymal cells to repair brain tissue; testing promising pharmacological therapies; determining how TBI influences gene expression and protein expression; creating a molecular model of the events leading to brain injury; and identifying drugs or compounds that could protect neurons.

A project of this scope will rely on one of the largest research teams in this field of study, with 10 leaders and at least 40-50 additional researchers. They hope to learn how these cells can b
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Contact: Kristen Hensley
k.hensley@utmb.edu
409-772-6397
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
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