Traumatic Brain Injury Group

Several researchers at UTHSC are investigating traumatic injury to the nervous system using a blast model of injury. These researchers are investigating traumatic injury to the eye (Jena Steinle, Anton Reiner), brain (Anton Reiner, Scott Heldt, Andrea Elberger, Bob Moore, Mike Levin, and Marcia Honig), and spinal cord (Marcia Honig). These studies are leading to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms by which concussive trauma leads to neuronal and axonal injury in the eye, brain, and spinal cord, leading to diverse visual, motor, and neuropsychiatric impairments. We are particularly interested in the neurobiolgical basis of depression and anxiety disorder resembling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is often associated with mild traumatic brain injury, and in the cumulative chronic effects of recurrent brain and spinal cord trauma that can manifest as chronic traumatic encephalopathy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. We are testing treatments that improve recovery from traumatic injury to the nervous system, especially the visual deficits and the PTSD outcome, and we are characterizing the molecular mechanisms and genetic susceptibilities underlying TBI.

Anton Reiner (Leader)
Andrea Elberger
Scott Heldt
Marcia Honig
Mike Levin
Bob Moore
Jena Steinle


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Neuroscience Institute
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
875 Monroe Ave, Suite 426
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5960
Fax: (901) 448-4685

Physical Address
426 Wittenborg Anatomy Building

Director:
William E. Armstrong, Ph.D.

Co-Director:
Anton J. Reiner, Ph.D.

Administrative Services Assistant:
Shannon Guyot

Website:
Brandy Fleming, M.S.

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