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The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program was the first of its kind when it opened its doors in 2000. It has remained the largest ever since, serving as an international leader in this still-evolving discipline. To better meet the needs of patients among the estimated 1.7 to 3 million Americans afflicted by this injury each year, the Concussion Program moved in January 2012 to a newly constructed wing dedicated to individualized care.
A powerful new imaging technique called High Definition Fiber Tracking (HDFT) will allow doctors to clearly see for the first time neural connections broken by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other disorders, much like X-rays show a fractured bone, according to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh in a report published online today in the Journal of Neurosurgery. HDFT could provide an objective way of identifying brain injury, predicting outcome and planning rehabilitation.
Seven years after a motorcycle accident damaged his spinal cord and left him paralyzed, 30-year-old Tim Hemmes reached up to touch hands with his girlfriend in a painstaking and tender high-five. Mr. Hemmes is the first to partake in a new trial intended to assess whether the thoughts of a person with spinal cord injury can be picked up by a brain computer interface (BCI) to control the movement of an external device.
Based on groundbreaking research and experience in solid-organ transplants, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is beginning a novel clinical study on human hand transplantation that seeks to reduce the use of immunosuppressive drugs and their damaging side effects for patients.