Research Projects

Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy of Traumatic Brain Injury

Funded by: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Fellowship (F32), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Year Funded: 2006

Gerald Voelbel, Ph.D., OT, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, New York University

Project Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate patterns of activation of prefrontal cortex during tasks of execution function in a traumatic brain injury (TBI) group. The hemodynamic corticol responses will be measured with an innovative functional imaging technique - the functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). This study is expected to provide empirical evidence that there is a change in the prefrontal cortex in individuals with TBI. The results will demonstrate that NIRS is a useful instrument for predicting cognitive outcome and provides diagnostic information when recommending individuals for cognitive rehabilitation.