Military veterans wounded by roadside bombs commonly suffer from traumatic brain injury. Recently, studies have shown that professional football players also experience traumatic brain injury, from less severe but repeated impacts to the head.
A nationally recognized researcher will explore the issue and present the latest research on links between traumatic brain injury and the development of neurodegenerative diseases, and information on potential treatments for them.
Dr. Fiona Crawford, president of the Roskamp Institute, will speak on “Traumatic Brain Injury Research,” the next event in the New Topics New College discussion series, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Mildred Sainer Pavilion at New College of Florida.
Traumatic brain injury, Crawford explains, consists of the initial primary injury, caused by an impact to the head, and a delayed secondary injury that develops hours and days later.  At the Roskamp Institute, Dr. Crawford leads a team of seven researchers using laboratory models of repetitive, mild traumatic brain injury to target the pathways of the secondary injury response. Their hope is to develop treatments to reduce the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury, which affects some 1.4 million Americans each year.
The program is at 5:30 p.m. in the Mildred Sainer Pavilion on New College’s Caples Campus, 5313 Bay Shore Road (immediately south of the Ringling Museum). Tickets are $20 for the discussion and a reception. For reservations and information, call the New College Events Hotline at 487-4888 or visit   More information is available at
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Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 5:30 PM
“Traumatic Brain Injury Research” with Dr. Fiona Crawford
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Tickets $20; free for New College faculty, staff and students
Reserve online at or call 941-487-4888
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