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A blow to the head can lead to a major health problem called traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is a leading cause of injury-related death and disability, and those with even mild TBI may experience long-term changes that affect their thinking and emotions. Approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), clinicians and researchers are studying how to improve outcomes for patients with TBI and other types of brain injuries. Faculty members also are exploring new ways to facilitate rehabilitation after an injury. Much of this work is being done in collaboration with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.

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UTHealth research: Stem cell therapy appears to have TBI treatment effect

Results of a cellular therapy clinical trial for traumatic brain injury (TBI) using a patient’s own stem cells showed that the therapy appears to dampen the body’s neuroinflammatory response to trauma and preserve brain tissue, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

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UTHealth receives $6.8 million from DOD to study stem cell therapy for TBI

A research team led by Charles S. Cox, Jr., M.D., at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has been awarded $6.8 million from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to assess the safety and efficacy of using autologous stem cell therapy in adults with emergent traumatic brain injury.

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Frieden honored as outstanding educator by George Bush Presidential Library

Lex Frieden, professor in the School of Biomedical Informatics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), received the 2015 Outstanding Educator Award from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The award was recently presented by Bush Library Director Warren Finch following a nationally broadcast lecture by Frieden at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.

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