U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Invites Wake Forest School of Medicine Researcher to Testify on Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion Expertise
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Dec. 13, 2017 –Wake Forest Baptist Medical
Center physician and researcher Christopher Miles, M.D., joined witnesses from the
U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the private
sector this morning to update senators on research, diagnosis and treatment for
traumatic brain injury and concussion in service members.
associate director of Wake Forest Baptist’s sports medicine program, assistant
professor of family and community medicine at Wake Forest
School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist, and site principal investigator
for the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA)-Department of Defense (DoD) CARE Consortium research,
provided insight and recommendations from the academic clinician’s perspective.
that concussions are not yet well understood, Miles, a former college football
player himself, described Wake Forest Baptist’s key role in the NCAA-DoD CARE
study, the largest study of concussion to date.
addition, Miles highlighted Wake Forest School of Medicine’s bioengineering
department and its lead role in force sensor research through helmet and mouth
sensors and post-concussion biomarker data. This, he explained, could lead to a
much-needed “gold standard” objective test to diagnose and guide the management
said that collaboration between military and civilian clinicians and
researchers is crucial in this area of study, and he implored federal funding
entities to prioritize concussion research.
is still great work to be done,” he said. “Evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment
of concussion should be standardized just as they are in other injuries or
illnesses, driven by solid evidence-based practice. We must make activities
safer, more enjoyable, and less of a burden on long-term health and the health
care system. Researchers and clinicians must continue to grow the data needed
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