NOW ON ZOOM. Making an invisible injury visible: Using cutting-edge MRI to understand concussion
Celebrate Brain Awareness Month with us!
March is a special month for the Neurological Foundation - it’s Brain Awareness Month, a global campaign to raise awareness about neurological conditions and bring public attention to the importance of brain research!
To celebrate, we’ve lined up some fantastic events throughout the country, highlighting some of the incredible research funded by Kiwis everywhere. From the impacts of concussion in rugby to cutting edge spinal cord implants and gene therapy advances that we could only dream of a few years ago, we’re so excited to share the research that’s bringing hope and changing lives, and we hope you can join us for one of these free events.
Concussion is an “invisible” injury because there is no noticeable bruising or swelling, and standard medical imaging techniques do not show any abnormalities. In his talk, Dr McGeown will outline how his personal experience as a patient suffering from the consequences of concussion led him towards a career in research. He will then discuss his current work focusing on how to use cutting-edge MRI to make this invisible injury visible, and to understand why some people recover more slowly after concussion.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr Josh McGeown is a postdoctoral research fellow at Mātai Medical Research Institute in Tairāwhiti-Gisborne. Originally from Canada, Josh completed his undergraduate and Masters degrees at Lakehead University before moving to Aotearoa to complete a PhD at the Auckland University of Technology. Early in 2021 Josh moved to Tairāwhiti to join the Mātai team. His work into understanding how the biological consequences of concussion impact clinical outcomes is supported by the Neurological Foundation First Fellowship.