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Advanced Pediatric Brain Imaging Research and Training Program
Revised annual rept. 15 Sep 2011-14 Sep 2012
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL WASHINGTON DC
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Brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in children. Recent advances in pediatric magnetic resonance imaging MRI techniques are revolutionizing our understanding of brain injury, its potential for recovery, and demonstrating enormous potential for advancing the field of neuroprotection. We have created a highly structured, collaborative, and multidisciplinary training program in BRAIN Brain Research Advanced Imaging with NMR to advance research skills of investigators from all branches of the US military focusing on pediatric brain injury. Our goal is to train, with the highest rigor, military trainees in conducting clinical research using advanced brain imaging technologies to study the causes and consequences of pediatric brain injury. Training in this new field of advanced pediatric MRI technologies will open critical windows of therapeutic opportunity and facilitate the formulation of effective anticipatory and neuroprotective strategies. Over the past year, we successfully recruited two high-caliber military trainees who began their training in BRAIN July 2012. In parallel with our recruitment efforts, we have finalized the BRAIN teaching curriculum and our Neurocognitive and MRI training cores are now firmly in place. The mentoring teams for each trainee have been established and our trainees have successfully completed all requirements for the first phase of their training. They are now entering the next phase of their training which will involve hands-on computational training in advanced MRI techniques that will be tailored to their specific research proposals.
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