MCG researchers exploring spice and dye as treatment for traumatic brain injury
According to a news release from the Medical College of Georgia, an old Indian spice and a dye whose cousin makes sports drinks blue are pointing scientists toward a better treatment for traumatic brain injuries or TBIs. These injuries are rampant in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, occur on football fields and roadways and result in brain swelling that causes cell damage and symptoms ranging from headaches and confusion to seizures, slurred speech and death.
Vital research like this has been helped by investments from the Georgia Research Alliance in sophisticated research tools and world-renowned scientists who are part of the MCG Institute of Neuroscience. The Institute’s director is GRA Eminent Scholar Robert Yu. Other GRA Eminent Scholars at MCG who focus on the neurosciences are Lin Mei, a neurobiologist who investigates schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, and Joe Tsien, an expert in memory.
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