CTSA Visiting Scholars Program: "Spit Signals: Concussion Insights from Saliva RNA"
Dr. Steven Hicks, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Penn State University. His translational research identifies molecular biomarkers that inform child growth, neurodevelopment and disease.
ABSTRACT: Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is extremely common among adolescents, who suffer disproportionately from prolonged concussion symptoms - a condition for which no biologic test exists. Emerging evidence suggests non-coding RNA released into saliva by neurons and glia, may provide a biologic window into the brain's repair response. Dr. Hicks' research seeks to develop a non-invasive biologic measure of mTBI, that can serve as an adjunct to symptom scales and functional measures of balance and neurocognition. The goal of this research is to create a rapid test that aids diagnosis and prognosis for individuals with mTBI.
Required registration at https://uclahs.fyi/KL2Hicks to receive Zoom webinar information.
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