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The Imaging and Neuroscience of TBI

The WSU program for Traumatic Brain Injury Research (PTBIR) invites the scientific community at large (faculty, staff as well as graduate and medical students), who are interested in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) research, to attend its 2013 summer school entitled: "The Imaging and Neuroscience of TBI", which will be held at Wayne State University from June 3rd, 2013 till June 28th, 2013. This program will consist of a lecture series hosting pioneers in TBI research (Fridays being clinically oriented) and offers laboratory rotations and scholarships for graduate students.

The Course in a Nutshell: The program has been designed to get the graduate students and the medical school community up to speed on the current research achievements in TBI. This summer program will include a lecture series for 3 weeks (open for general attendance and graduate students registered for credits) running parallel with experimental lab rotations on TBI (open for graduate students only).

The attendance of the lecture series is free*, however, registration is required.
For general attendance, please click here to Register.


*Graduate students who are interested in taking this course for credits should register in:

BME 7995: Special Topics - "The Imaging and Neuroscience of TBI" for lectures and
BME 7990: Directed Study for laboratory rotations. Students from other departments can register these labs under their departmental directed study course.

Regular tuition fees apply, however scholarships are available. A special admission process is required for graduate credits and scholarships. Please click here to Apply.

Scholarships Available: Scholarships to cover tuition for this course are available for registered graduate students. To be considered, students should include the following in their application: (1) CV, (2) personal statement that outlines their interest in this field, (3) letter of recommendation from their advisor and (4) copy of their transcripts (non WSU students). Students who are interested should apply no later than May 1, 2013 at 5pm. Applications will be reviewed, the students will be notified and the override will be released no later than May 3, 2013 at 5:00pm. The notification will inform the students on the results of their application for both "registering to the course" (override) and whether a scholarship has been awarded to them.

For General Attendance
Registration Deadline: May 24th, 2013 at 5:00pm EST
Click here to Register.

For Graduate Students registering for Credits
Application Deadline: May 1, 2013 at 5:00pm EST
Notification and Override Release: May 3, 2013 at 5:00pm EST
Click here to Apply.

(Coffee and refreshments are served during coffee breaks)

Mondays through Thursdays:
June 3 - June 28, 1:00pm till 4:00pm

Biomedical Engineering Department, Room 2220
818 West Hancock, Detroit, MI 48202

Friday June 7, 2013: 9:00am till 4:00pm
Jaffar Hall, Scott Hall
540 E. Canfield, Detroit, MI 48201

Friday June 14, 2013: 9:00am till 4:00pm
Margherio's Family Conference Center, Scott Hall
320 E. Canfield, Detroit, MI 48201

Friday June 21, 2013: 9:00am till 4:00pm
Jaffar Hall, Scott Hall
540 E. Canfield, Detroit, MI 48201

The WSU Program for Traumatic Brain Injury would like to thank the Office of Vice President for Research for supporting this training activity.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has become a major medical problem in the United States and around the world. With an incidence rate of 1.7 million people each year, TBI has gained national awareness. It is the “signature wound” of soldiers in the antiterrorism wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has a terrible impact on families and more recently it has been recognized as causing major sport related damage to both youngsters and adults alike. With the increase of public awareness, federal funding plays a major role in supporting research in this field.

Wayne State University (WSU) has the longest history of TBI research in the nation and a long history of clinical trials. Indeed, the national standard of Head Injury Criterion (HIC), published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), was originally based on the pioneering work from WSU. Across the country, there are several major centers in TBI research, each one with unique features such as: injury biomechanics at the cellular level; pharmacological treatment in animals; axonal injury pathology; and PET imaging of TBI for example.

Here at WSU, we have special focused programs in imaging, neuroscience and traumatic brain injury. Graduate students in a variety of departments, whether engineering or arts and science, can focus on imaging. There is a special graduate program in neuroscience in the School of Medicine, “Translational Neuroscience Program”. And in engineering, there is a major focus on the mechanical aspects of TBI, with modeling and a focus on simulating real life situations, whether car safety or blast related injury. These programs currently have funding from a variety of sources, including: the auto industry, NIH, NTSA, and NSF. Wayne State University has brought together the expertise to bring modern MR imaging and neuroscience programs to bear on translational TBI research. The University has specifically established an internal incubator support mechanism to jump start this effort and has been instrumental in integrating the TBI efforts across campus. This summer program is funded through that award.

E. Mark Haacke, PhD
WSU PTBIR Program Director


John Michael Cavanaugh, MD
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Mathew P. Galloway, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and Anesthesiology

E. Mark Haacke, PhD
Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering

Robert Welch, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine

Lecture series and reading assignments

The lecture series will be presented for three consecutive weeks by 20-25 faculty dedicated to TBI, neuroscience and imaging in addition to six external guest speakers who will be presenting their work at a rate of two speakers per week. This will provide a wealth of information to the attendees, covering a wide spectrum for neuroscience, imaging and TBI research. These sessions will be 3 hours and will be divided into 1 hour lectures, 20 minutes discussion and 20 minutes coffee break and the same repeated after the coffee break. As reference, reading material will be made available for attendees ahead of time to review. No textbooks will be needed for this course. Detailed program of the first three weeks can be found here.

The fourth week of the school is reserved for students' presentations. Students who have been enrolled in a lab rotation will present their work. Students registered for lecture series will discuss a special topic with the committee to present during the last week. These presentations are open for registered students only.

Internships/lab rotations

Seven lab rotations (one student in each lab) are available for this year's summer school. The lab rotation can take place before (May 6 - June 3), during (June 3 - June 28) or can be expended to two month period depending on the trainee's and trainer's preferences (May 6 - June 28). Following the same concept on the amount of credits, at 3 hours per day, for 5 days for four weeks, will total 60 hours, which will be equivalent to 2 credits (2 credits: 1 month; 4 credits: 2 months). In the application process, the students are required to rank the lab rotations available from 1 to 7: "1" presenting your 1st choice of the lab and "7" being your last choice. This rank will help match the students with their lab based on the lab's availability. At the end of the project, a presentation and report are required to earn the credits.

Detailed Desription of each lab rotation can be found here.

Topic: Processing and modeling of fMRI signals

Topic: Traumatic vascular injury of the brain

Topic: Current state of the art in clinically evaluating and differentiating early vs. late IUGR babies

Topic: Understanding the post-processing and quantification procedures of in vivo ³¹P and ¹H MRS data collected

Topic: Development of vehicle occupant models for vulnerable populations

Topic: Whole brain functional connectivity analysis using fMRI

Topic: Brain network plasticity following noise- or blast-induced tinnitus and its related mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)

Students who are attending this course for credits should go through the application process; once reviewed by the summer school committee, an override will be given to the students to register to the course using WSU pipeline.

Please click here to start the application process (if you are attending these lectures for credits)

Please click here to register (if you are not attending these lectures for credits)

Contact Us:
For more information, please contact the course coordinator, Charbel Habib, at chabib@med.wayne.edu

Other useful links:
Wayne State University
Office Of Vice President for Research
WSU Program for Traumatic Brain Injury
Biomedical Engineering Department