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Next Generation Medicine: The Invisible Wounds of War

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702 East Desmet Avenue

Spokane, WA 99202

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The increasing rate of suicide among military veterans, and high-school, collegiate and professional athletes is distressing and an all-too-common topic in today’s news. Over the past decade, researchers have been focusing on the links between mental health, PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI) – defined as a disruption in the normal function of the brain caused by an external force — and what they are learning may surprise you.

Please join the UW School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership for a free lecture to learn more about groundbreaking research from the University of Washington on the impact of concussion and TBI on mental health. Delivering the latest information on this topic will be Dr. Christine Mac Donald, an expert in advanced MRI methods to record brain activity, and the study of concussion and traumatic brain injury. Her current research efforts include evaluating concussion in the U.S. military, severe brain injury in adult civilians, brain injury in children, and the impact of brain injury on existing mental health conditions.

About Christine Mac Donald, Ph.D.:

Dr. Christine Mac Donald, Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery, the James and Gaye Pigott Endowed Chair at the UW School of Medicine, and Research Director of the Sports Institute at UW Medicine, is an expert in advanced MRI methods and the application of these imaging methods to concussion and traumatic brain injury. For the past decade she has lead large-scale, multi-center, international clinical research studies in the United States, Italy, Germany and Afghanistan. Her work has given further insight into changes in the brain following injury.

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