Keith O. Yeates

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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...

Bridging the Gap in Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Environmental, biological and clinical markers associated with preschool concussion and TBI

2016/17-2020/21 • $981,156 • PI,Other
Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are a frequent cause of death and disability in youth, and children under the age of 6 are at particularly high risk. Older children with brain injuries often suffer serious mental, psychological, social, and behaviour problems. Even mild injuries...

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...

Canadian Concussion Network

2019/20-2020/21 • $406,290 • PI,Other
Each year, an estimated 250,000 Canadians and more than 40 million people worldwide sustain a concussion. Children and adolescents account for 50% of concussions, mostly occurring during sport and recreational activities; in Canada, roughly 1 in 10 teens will seek medical care for a...

Behavioural profile matching: A precision medicine approach to concussion rehabilitation

2018/19-2020/21 • $333,319 • PI,CO
Concussions are very common. Although many people recover well from concussion, at least 1 in 5 will have persistent symptoms and difficulties with daily activities. How people cope with their symptoms following concussion powerfully influences their recovery. We have recently identified two...

The roles of brain reserve, cognitive reserve, and psychological resilience in the outcomes of paediatric mild traumatic brain injury

2017/18-2020/21 • $115,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Child and youth concussion is a major health concern contributing to rising health care costs in Canada. A variety of post-concussive symptoms (PCS), such as fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating, can occur following a concussion and strongly impact a child's ability to...

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...

Cerebral blood flow and pain: An arterial spin labeling study of children after traumatic brain injury compared to orthopedic injury

2019/20-2020/21 • $105,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Concussion affects millions of children in North America each year. Headache is the most common symptom after concussion, the most likely symptom to persist, and the most common reason families seek medical attention for their child after a concussion. My study aims to better understand headache...

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...

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...

Post-acute symptom burden, neuropsychological test performance, and resting state network connectivity as predictors of poor functional outcome after a pediatric mild traumatic brain injury.

2018/19-2019/20 • $105,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), which involves an injury to the brain caused by an external force, is a leading cause of death and disability in children. Approximately 70 to 90% of TBI can be classified as mild in severity. Although most children recover quickly from mild TBI, some suffer...

Precision Fluid Biomarkers of Traumatic Brain Injury

2018/19 • $100,000 • PI,CO
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the most challenging brain disorders to study. TBI can happen to anyone at any time, at any level of severity. TBI spans a wide range of severity from mild (including concussions) to life-threatening injuries, and there is much uncertainty about how to...

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...

Canadian concussion research network and agenda planning meeting

2017/18 • $17,247 • PI,CO,Other
Concussions affect over 3 million people in North America annually yet remain under recognized and poorly understood. The Canadian government has mandated that the Ministers of Health and of Sport and Persons with Disabilities work together to support a national strategy to raise awareness about...

Injury Prevention RACE (Research and Community Engagement) Symposium

2017/18 • $10,000 • PI,CO
The University of Calgary is an international leader in concussion and sport injury prevention research, with a focus on youth sport and recreational injury prevention. The University's Integrated Concussion Research Program (ICRP) and International Olympic Committee Sport Injury Prevention...

Gairdner Symposium on Concussion

2016/17 • $10,000 • PI
In November 2016, the University of Calgary will host the Gairdner Symposium on Concussion. A collaboration between the Gairdner Foundation and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute at the Cumming School of Medicine, the Gairdner Symposium on Concussion...