Brian Brooks


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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...

Functional near-infrared spectroscopic measures of coherence as a new bio-marker of injury in mTBI patients

2018/19-2020/21 • $415,588 • PI,CO
Concussion and brain injury are 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. We need better tools...

Four Year Embedded Clinician Researcher Program

2016/17-2020/21 • $325,000 • PI
Each year, more than 10,000 Canadian children will suffer post-concussion syndrome, which includes long term problems with thinking, headaches, sleep disturbances, depression, social withdrawal, poor quality of life, and lost time at school. When children experience post-concussion, then there...

Social adjustment in survivors of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

2019/20-2020/21 • $110,430 • PI,CO
Background: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer that affects the white blood cells and is the most common cancer affecting children. Thanks to many advances in treatment, most children diagnosed with ALL will survive. The treatments needed to cure ALL, however, are toxic because they...

Social Competence in Children Diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease: An examination of risk factors

2018/19-2020/21 • $107,728 • PI,CO
Background: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a severe, genetic form of anemia that causes distorted red blood cells. The distorted red blood cells can impact almost every tissue in the body and cause a number of difficulties including pain, risk of stroke, learning difficulties, decreased quality of...

Social adjustment in survivors of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

2020/21 • $76,500 • PI,CO
Background: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer that affects the white blood cells and is the most common cancer affecting children. Thanks to many advances in treatment, most children diagnosed with ALL will survive. The treatments needed to cure ALL, however, are toxic because they...

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...

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...

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