Why do we do what we do?
The research branch of CNS will provide the medical community with the knowledge to recognize Traumatic Brain Injury as an etiological factor for many Neuropsychiatric syndromes. Unfortunately, Traumatic Brain Injury is a silent epidemic due to its invisible nature and is left for months or even years untreated. Many of the individuals brought into emergency rooms on a daily basis may have suffered Traumatic Brain Injury, but this possibility is ruled out after diagnostic imaging, if considered at all. An important point that our research hopes to clarify is that the types of Traumatic Brain Injury these patients acquire occur at the microscopic level, and they are not visible on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or other diagnostic imaging techniques used, so patients are treated for visible injuries and sent home. If they return to a health care provider with the symptoms described above (e.g. Sleep Disorders, Headaches/Migraines, Apathy), many physicians fail to see a link between these symptoms and the accident which led them to the emergency room. Treating visible injuries such as broken bones, ruptured spleens or liver damage consume the majority of health care resources during the patient’s hospital stay. With our research, we hope to make healthcare professionals aware of the relationship between events such as motor vehicle accidents, falls, or other accidents and the subsequent appearance of neuropsychiatric symptoms. Ultimately, this will make brain injuries more frequently diagnosed and appropriately treated. We also hope to enhance the degree of insight within the scientific community pertaining to neuropsychiatric conditions, thereby promoting substantial and necessary modifications in diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.