Cambridge neurosurgeons receive funding to establish hub for brain injury treatment

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Cambridge Neurosurgeons have been awarded £1.78 million to improve the care of patients with traumatic brain injuries in developing countries.

Traumatic brain injury usually results from a severe blow to the body like those encountered in road accidents, falls or violent exchanges and patients can suffer dysfunction, disability or death. Treatment advances have been made in richer countries however poorer countries trail behind.

This new research group will work with clinicians in the UK and across the world to share skills and knowledge to address this imbalance.

The Health Minister, Lord O’Shaughnessy said: “It’s only right that we support developing nations as they improve care for patients and public”.

The group will partner the Division of Anaesthesia, Institute of Public Health, the Department of Engineering and Addenbrookes’s Abroad to focus on implementing strategies to improve the treatment and outcome of patients.

Angelos Kolias, the groups co-lead and Clinical Lecturer in Neurosurgery at the University of Cambridge said that developing the next generation of research leaders by training young clinicians from the UK and lower income countries will be critical to the group’s success.

The Cambridge team was one of 33 selected by the National Institute for Health Research after a successful entry to an open research competition. The money will be used to establish the NHIR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma which will launch in Cambridge in September.

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