UGA researchers simulate brain injuries to find better treatment

Nov 23, 2018

Dr. Lohitash Karumbaiah (center) and members of his laboratory at the UGA's Regenerative Bioscience Center.
Credit Justin Sharma

When a person suffers a concussion, there aren’t many treatment options. Most often, patients are told to withdraw from any activities, like sports or even homework, that may further tax the injured brain tissue. This can be understandably frustrating for both patients and doctors. Part of the reason for a lack of therapies is that testing new options on a human brain isn't safe.

Now, researchers from the University of Georgia are hoping avoid harm and advance therapy development by studying head injuries in a petri dish. Scientists at UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center in Athens were able to simulate a traumatic brain injury in their lab and begin testing some possible treatment options. Read more.