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Global health

Hutchinson, Gao, and Gardner

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant global health problem. Globally TBI is the leading cause of death and disability among adults aged 18-44. The effect is felt most in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs), where 90% of all-trauma-related deaths occur. Since severe TBI disproportionately affects working-age adults, the epidemiologic profile costs LMICs, on average, 1-2% of their GDP annually. 

The NIHR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma was founded in 2017 to study four themes:

  1. Mapping TBI care: projects including Global Neurotrauma Outcome Study (GNOS), GNOS Spine, GEOTBI Registry
  2. Understanding TBI care: projects including ASIA-TBI, network modeling of patient flow,  Yangon Early Warning System (YEWS)
  3. Innovation categorized across four sub-themes (A: system refinement for cost-effective outcomes, B: patient triage and risk stratification, C: surgical interventions, D: collection of outcomes)
  4. Research capacity building: projects including BMJ Research to Publication, Global Neurotrauma Fellowships, Neurosurgical Publication Database 

High-income countries are in a world of “precision-based medicine,” where diagnosis and treatment increasingly rely on an individual’s unique genetics and biomarkers. We need to take a similar approach when working within global health. Each country has its own socio-economic and socio-cultural signature that we must evaluate and prepare for when forming new collaborations and implementing new projects. This helps us work within a framework to develop optimal efficacy and sustainability, leading to the delivery of projects to improve the management of TBI worldwide.

Current members
  • Peter "Hutch" Hutchinson - Chair
  • Guoyl Gao - Chair
  • Raquel Gardner - Chair
  • Mathew Abrams
  • Shubhayu Bhattacharyay
  • Jennifer Cullen
  • Carolyn Emery
  • Joanne Fleming
  • Guoyl Gao
  • Michael John Hall
  • Amol Karmarkar
  • Ferat Kherif
  • Inga Koerte
  • Lucia Li
  • Amy Markowitz
  • David Menon
  • Fatima Nasrallah
  • Rockefeller Oteng
  • Franco Servadei
  • Alexis Turgeon
  • Thijs Vande Vyvere
  • William 'Bill' Walker
  • Lindsay Wilson
  • Lowery Wilson
  • Stefania Mondello