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A second chance for injured brains

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain – it is a major health problem and the most common cause of permanent disability in people under the age of 40 years. Recent statistics show a steep increase in the incidence of TBIs, with an increase of 21 % over the last five years. Despite this TBI has been seriously underrepresented in medical R&D efforts compared to many other, less significant health problems.
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To fill that gap, researchers at TBICare project aim to develop a platform that will improve diagnosis and treatment decisions. They are developing a huge database of biomarkers and a set of simulation models for predicting the outcome of planned treatments for individual patients. These new Virtual Physiological tools should help doctors to prescribe better tailored-made treatments for their patients, researchers hope.

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