Traumatic Brain Injury A Trending Research Topic

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Traumatic brain injury may be making headlines most of late for it's scourge on American football players and Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, but the condition also accounts for more than 2 million ED visits per year and more than 50,000 deaths annually in the United States.

The American public is not the only one taking notice. So are medical researchers and scientists across the nation. The number of research papers published on traumatic brain injury (TBI) increased from 1,000 each year to nearly 4,000 from 2001 to 2013, according to a new ScienceWatch "Special Topic" Report from Thomson Reuters. 

The report notes some interesting trends about which institutions are becoming strongholds for TBI research. The University of Pittsburgh, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Toronto are the top three organizations in terms of TBI study volume alone, each producing more than 700 papers and each receiving more than 13,000 citations in the footnotes of papers from scientists who are doing related research. 

A second measure of influence is the number of cites-per-paper, which levels the playing field for smaller institutions that maybe lacking in total citations. In this category, Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit performed well, earning 37 cites on each of the 128 TBI-related papers it's published since 2001. 

In terms of individuals, Patrick M. Kochanek, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh, is most prolific, contributing to 300 TBI studies that have attracted nearly 3,800 citations.

Leading topics include combat-related traumatic brain injury in military personnel, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and other consequences of repeated head injury in athletes. 

Hopefully, this high level of interest in the biomedical community will translate into real-world benefits for the veterans, athletes, and those in the general population affected by TBI down the road. 


Increased Public Awareness Sparks Surge in Traumatic Brain Injury Research
Increased Public Awareness Sparks Surge in Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Between the battlefield and the athletic field, the topic of traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been much in the news in recent years. America's protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to figures compiled by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, contributed to roughly 60,000 deployment-related diagnoses of TBI, from blasts and other causes, in US military personnel since 2000. (And that number represents only about 20% of the roughly 300,000 overall cases of TBI in the military during that period, due to vehicle accidents, training mishaps, and other incidents).

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