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The presence of BDNF within a gene may be responsible for the Differences in recovery from traumatic brain injury.

March 06, 2014, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

A recent study published in journal PLOS One points to BDNF’s role in cognitive recovery after traumatic brain injury. According to Dr. Barbey, BDNF is a member of the neurotrophin family which is a growth factor in the brain "that supports ... the formation of new neurons following an injury".

Cognitive function can be measured many ways after a TBI, but it is widely recognized as a predictor of how well a patient will recover, perform in every day decision making, and life functioning post injury.  The researchers studied Vietnam war veterans with penetrating head wounds and they found that those with a specific BDNF variant performed lower on cognitive tests than the others. This was after controlling for pre injury intelligence.

The new research helps to understand why some people recover better from injury, and also how the brain itself manages to rewire and repair itself after TBI.

 

 

 

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