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New Insights to Brain Structure and Function

Neuroimaging is a key technology for understanding brain structure and function, including cognitive function in as well as a variety of injury and disease conditions, including traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, and neurodegenerative disorders. The Champaign-Urbana Population Study will follow participants to observe their brain structure and function over time as related to lifestyle and health factors. Results will be shared on an open database, so researchers worldwide will have access to the data to better understand conditions like Alzheimer's – laying an exciting foundation for new insights and medical treatments here and around the world, opening new chapters in both basic and medical research. 

Advancing Research of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. In the U.S. alone, there are 2.8 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths each year, and more than 5.3 million Americans are currently living with a TBI-related disability. Approximately 90% of these injuries are considered ‘mild’ TBI, or concussion. Research is needed to better understand the impacts of traumatic brain injury and ultimately develop new treatments. This study seeks volunteers with no history of brain injury as well as those who’ve experienced head trauma. Using non-invasive, ultra-high-field (7 Tesla) MRI technology will allow researchers to see features of the brain that will help improve traumatic brain injury treatment.

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