Acute neurologic injuries in the brain and spinal cord are amongst the hardest injuries to treat. Even when they aren’t fatal, the ability to recover is limited. Each year in the United States, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury, 795,000 suffer a stroke and 17,000 sustain a spinal cord injury. That’s why we’re developing diagnostics, monitors and therapeutics for patients who suffer acute neurologic catastrophes such as traumatic brain injury, hemorrhagic stroke, and acute spinal cord injury.
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With MCIRCC at the helm, many promising TBI research projects have been funded through the Massey TBI Grand Challenge. Created by a gift from the Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation, this intensive program includes education session, proposal submissions, and project reviews by experts from across U-M, industry, and the Department of Defense (DoD).
Since 2015, 19 teams have received funding, going on to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals, present at national conferences, and/or obtain follow-on funding through other sources. In addition, the Grand Challenge helped to establish a partnership between MCIRCC and the DoD's Combat Casualty Care Research Program, which has provided our TBI research community with invaluable resources and opportunities.
Read the impact report above, and watch the video to learn more about the story of the Massey family and their indelible legacy on critical care research and treatment at the University of Michigan.