Right now, there’s no reliable blood-based test to predict recovery speed for the millions of people each year who experience a traumatic brain injury. NINR’s Division of Intramural Research is helping to develop that test—just one of the ways NINR is improving people’s lives every day.
In her lab, NINR Deputy Scientific Director Dr. Jessica Gill works to identify those who are at risk for ongoing complications from traumatic brain injury. She is also studying methods to improve clinical care for those with brain injury symptoms.
NINR recently released a video that discusses Dr. Gill’s work on brain injury, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which has become a much-discussed research topic in the popular media. CTE has primarily been a concern among athletes and members of the military, since their work puts them at greater risk of repeated brain injury.
Dr. Gill trained at NINR as both a postdoctoral researcher and as a Lasker Clinical Research Scholar.
“As a nurse, I developed questions about how to improve my patients’ quality of life. As a nurse scientist, I can answer these questions and change clinical practice for patients everywhere,” said Gill.