Traumatic Brain Injury group

— Trondheim TBI group

The research group is studying different aspects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). TBI is one of the most important causes of death and disability among young adults in high income countries such as Norway, and the incidence rate is steadily increasing in developing countries. TBI affects physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning.

The TBI group has a special interest in diffuse axonal injury (DAI; white matter lesions) also known as called traumatic axonal injury (TAI). We use imaging methods with emphasis on MRI from the acute to the chronic phase. Advanced MRI techniques such as fMRI and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) may be useful tools to compare axonal injury and functional deficits after head injury. We also use methods such as quantitative EEG and cognitive event related potentials (ERP) in our research.

Our research is multidisciplinary, and the TBI group includes clinicians and researchers from many different departments at St. Olavs University Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine, NTNU. The group is headed by professor Anne Vik and professor Asta Håberg, and the group has several national and international collaborators.

The "Head Injury Project" is an on-going cohort study with comprehensive data collection from the scene of accident, through the acute phase and up to five years after the injury. Research topics include prehospital management, neurosurgery and intensive care, neuroimaging, rehabilitation and outcome. 

MR imaging of a patient with severe TBI: lesions in the corpus callosum (red arrow) and in the brain stem (yellow arrow) due to diffuse axonal injury

Contact:

Professor Anne Vik
Neurosurgery)

Post doc Toril Skandsen
(Rehabilitation)

Professor Pål Klepstad
(Intensive care)

Professor Asta Håberg
(Advanced MRI)