The Unexpectedly Common Traumatic Brain Injury We Continue to Ignore

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Topic: 
The Unexpectedly Common Traumatic Brain Injury We Continue to Ignore
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: 
AllenX Auditorium
Speaker: 
Jeffrey Rogers
Abstract / Description: 

While the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) has recently become a health focus in athletics and militaries worldwide, data from fielding over 150,000 individually wearable sensors for monitoring hazardous events question common assumptions about the sources of those risks. This talk will review the development and fielding of a sensor system to record TBI events. Findings from two years of use by high-risk military and first responder groups will be discussed. A representative set of the over 5,000 recorded events will be reviewed, along with detailed event recreations. This will include data from the first recorded improvised explosive device (IED) attack and from training operations of civilian first responders. While the expected inertial and blast exposures are observed, the majority of the hazardous exposures are found to be unreported training events. These events will be discussed, along with future research directions.

Jeffrey Rogers is currently a Director of Engineering at Google responsible for a healthcare technology focus. Prior to joining Google he held positions as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and simultaneously as faculty in Control and Dynamical Systems at California Institute of Technology (2005-2008) and a scientist at HRL Laboratories (2001-2008). He received a Ph.D. in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001, an M.S. from Emory University focused on condensed matter/complex systems, and an M.S. focused on Applied Math and Computational Physics and B.S. in Physics from Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Rogers combines basic research in nonlinear dynamics, mesoscopic physics, and far-fromequilibrium systems to address health challenges. In 2014 he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and was named a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in Science & Environment.