27 Jul '12, 3pm

Army rushes to collect brain, TBI data

Army rushes to collect brain, TBI data

The U.S. Army wants to build a data set of concussions and traumatic brain injury events not yet seen in the medical community. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the former Army vice chief of staff, now retired, listed it as a top priority back in 2010. It’s a priority for a simple, yet depressing reason. Soldiers will be out of Afghanistan after 2014 and the number of these events will drop dramatically. After not identifying the need in the first seven years of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is rushing to get the sensors on soldiers as fast as possible. Enter the Rapid Equipping Force, the Army’s go-to for deploying equipment and weapons to soldier quickly. With the Georgia Tech Research Institute, the REF’s scientists built the next generation of blast effect sensors, the Integrated Blast Effects Sensor Suite (I-BESS). Army officials said these sensors to include a Sold...

Full article: http://defensetech.org/2012/07/27/army-rushes-to-collect-...

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