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Advanced Pediatric Brain Imaging Research and Training Program

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Annual rept. 15 Sep 2012-14 Sep 2013

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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. Over the past year, we successfully implemented the on-site BRAIN training curriculum. We recruited two military trainees in year 1 2012-2013 and a civilian trainee in year 2 2013-2014. In order to circumvent the current challenges associated with military trainee recruitment and retainment in the BRAIN program, secondary to the sequestration, over the next year, we plan to develop and implement a web-based BRAIN curriculum that will be made available to DoD and civilian trainees undergoing their clinical rotations at Children s National. Thereafter, the BRAIN curriculum will be deployed externally and exclusively on-line to all major DoD military bases. This will allow a more broad-based teaching framework in which we anticipate farreaching benefits including a major increase in reach of the program while mitigating the need for travel.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research

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