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Faculty & Staff Honors

Temple Part of Team Developing New Materials for TBI Protection

Temple University’s College of Public Health, as part of a national team of researchers, is the joint recipient of a $20 million award from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL.

Researchers at Temple, in collaboration with colleagues from other academic institutions, will be working with the ARL to perform research in three major areas: understanding the mechanisms and thresholds of traumatic brain injury by reviewing clinical, behavioral and biochemical changes related to traumatic brain injuries and concussions; understanding and improving the performance of materials through the use of computational modeling; and exploring new ways to improve protection against ballistics impacts.

Associate Professor Ryan Tierney of the Department of Kinesiology at Temple’s College of Public Health is co-principal investigator of the Temple-based project team focusing on traumatic brain injury. Dr. Tierney’s team includes additional Temple faculty from public health, medicine, engineering, and science and technology.

“This award evidences that by working together across schools, colleges and universities, Temple’s faculty is able to provide national leadership in the design, development and measurement of advanced materials to protect army personnel as well as athletes,” said Temple’s Vice President for Research Michele M. Masucci. “Through improving our knowledge of the protective effects of such materials by conducting clinical studies of their use, we hope to dramatically improve the safety of individuals at risk for traumatic brain injury.”

The research effort, which aims to create a new class of materials for use in personal protective equipment and to decrease brain injuries, will leverage Temple’s clinical, research and educational expertise in monitoring and understanding the consequences of head injuries, and will utilize the university’s Center for Computational Design of Functional Layered Materials and the Temple Materials Institute to develop and test new materials.

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