Marisa G. – BASIS Peoria

BASIS Peoria Senior Marisa G.

From Proteins to Physiology: The Causes and Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Project/blog link: From Proteins to Physiology: The Causes and Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury
BASIS Advisor: Mrs. Miller
Internship location: Barrow Neurological Institute
Onsite Mentor: Dr. Glynnis Zieman, Doctor

Project Abstract

The primary purpose of this research is to determine the impact of brain injury rehabilitation on domestic violence victims with a history of traumatic brain injury. Patients in this population frequently experience some form of traumatic brain injury during their lifetime as a result of their increased exposure to recurrent head and neck trauma. These injuries can have long-term physiological, emotional, and cognitive effects which require consistent treatment. This study involves an analysis of traumatic brain injury patients before and after they undergo speech therapy over an extended period. By comparing symptom severity among patients in speech therapy and patients not in speech therapy, we can identify a positive correlation between the use of speech therapy and patient progress. This information could help improve health care access for traumatic brain injury patients in the future.

From Proteins to Physiology: The Causes and Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury