Monahan Receives LINCATS Award for TBI Study

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Kathleen Monahan, associate professor in the School of Social Welfare, was awarded $25,000 from the Long Island Network for Clinical and Translational Science (LINCATS) to continue her study, “Brain Metabolism and Cognitive Impairment following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) of Domestic Violence Shelter Residents: A PET/MRI study.”

Head injuries sustained by this group are often unreported and left untreated. Importantly, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) survivors often have problems with memory and other cognitive functions, which are also very common in the aftermath of TBI.

The goal of the proposed study is to use advanced brain imaging technology (MRI/PET) in conjunction with detailed neuropsychological evaluation to better understand the sequalae of IPV-related TBI in women. The underlying hypothesis is that IPV-related TBI leads to decreased rates of metabolism in specific brain regions which support higher brain function, which correlate with the type and severity of cognitive deficits. This pilot study facilitates acquisition to funding mechanisms that will allow larger scale studies.

The Long Island Network for Clinical and Translational Science (LINCATS) is based at Stony Brook University and is intended to be a Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve underrepresented groups and communities to address health disparities through the CTSA award for research.

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