Karen M. Barlow


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Recent Research Projects

Advancing Concussion Assessment and Treatment in Children and Youth

2015/16-2020/21 • $3,341,337 • PI,Other
Each year, millions of children sustain concussions/mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), and 15-25% suffer persistent symptoms and declines in quality of life. Clinicians caring for these children face three critical, unanswered questions: how to diagnose concussion, how to predict which...

Canadian Traumatic brain injury Research Consortium (CTRC)

2015/16-2019/20 • $1,824,513 • PI,CO,Other
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the most common cause of death in the first half of life and the most frequent cause of long term handicaps for Canadians of all ages. TBI can be quite variable. Individuals who experience the mild form, called concussion, can appear normal on the outside but be...

International Collaboration On Neuroinflammation in Traumatic Brain Injury (ICON-TBI)

2016/17-2019/20 • $224,922 • PI,CO
Survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI), whether single moderate or severe injury (sTBI) or repetitive mild (mTBI), are at risk of later neurodegenerative complications such as dementia, and/or chronic traumatic encephalopathy; CTE. While the risk of developing late neurodegeneration is...

PLAY GAME: Post-concussion syndrome Affecting Youth: GABAergic effects of Melatonin

2013/14-2017/18 • $877,392 • PI,CO,Other
One in seven children will have had a concussion by age ten, and 11% of those children continue to have symptoms three months later. These symptoms, referred to as post-concussion symptoms (PCS), include headaches, fatigue, sleep disruption, mood and concentration difficulties. They often result...

Safe to Play: A longitudinal research program to establish best practice in the prevention, early diagnosis and management of sport-related concussion in youth ice hockey players

2012/13-2017/18 • $747,691 • PI,CO,Other
Over half a million Canadian youth are registered in ice hockey leagues, and 10-20% of them get a concussion each year. The long-term effects of concussion and the best way to treat it are still unknown, especially in youth. This is a frightening thought for parents, doctors, and athletes. We...

"NeuroCare" as Innovation in Intervention: A Neurophysiological Approach to Determine Readiness for Return to Activity

2012/13-2017/18 • $565,728 • PI,CO,Other
To date, there are major gaps in our knowledge about how to best manage the physical and cognitive demands associated with returning adolescents to activity following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Returning to activities prior to the brain healing from its injury may result in delayed...

Predicting Persistent Postconcussive Problems in Pediatrics (5P)

2012/13-2017/18 • $523,705 • PI,CO,Other
Concussion, a mild traumatic injury common in children and adolescents, is a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain. The lay press is inundated with reports of tragic consequences of concussion, and children are not immune. Persistent postconcussive symptoms (PCS) is defined as...

Application of functional near-infrared imaging as a biomarker of injury and recovery in mild traumatic brain injury and concussion

2015/16-2017/18 • $249,682 • PI,CO,Other
Concussion and brain injury are now being recognized as a major health issue for Canadians. This problem may be especially severe in pediatric populations where brain injury could have life long implications and since children are more likely than adults to have persistent symptoms. In many...

Persistent Postconcussive Symptoms in Children: A Clinical Prediction Rule Derivation Study

2012/13-2016/17 • $1,114,530 • PI,CO
Concussion, a mild traumatic injury common in children and adolescents, is a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain. The lay press is inundated with reports of tragic consequences of concussion, and children are not immune. Persistent postconcussive symptoms (PCS) is defined as...

Developmental Motor Disorders: From Genes to Behaviour

2010/11-2012/13 • $676,906 • PI,CO
Movement is something that most of us take for granted. Our first movements take place in utero and over the course of our life we produce millions of movements. Movement allows us to meet our basic needs, to communicate and to learn. For most individuals, movement develops into an automatic...

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