Government awards funding for global research into TBI

Research will take place into traumatic brain injury (TBI) in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) with funding awarded by the Department of Health to the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma.

The group, based at the University of Cambridge, is one of 33 research units and groups that will receive over £120 million funding for global health research. The aim of the neurotrauma research is to:
  • save lives;
  • reduce disability; and
  • improve the quality of life for patients with TBI in low and middle-income countries.
It will be made up of healthcare professionals from high, middle and low income countries, partner organisations (including the World Federation of Neurological Societies) and service user representation including charities. The three-year project should attract further funding to pursue a long-term (15-year) global neurotrauma programme. Professor Peter Hutchinson, project lead at the University of Cambridge, said: “We have made considerable progress in the treatment of TBI in the UK and other high income countries and it is now essential that we translate this to LMICs”. The World Health organisation (WHO) identified that improving the organisation, planning and access to trauma care systems, including prehospital and hospital-based care, can help reduce the effects of injuries. WHO found that trauma accounts for 9% of the world’s deaths and results in millions of non-fatal injuries leading to life-long disability. It also found that approximately 90% of injury-related deaths occur in LMICs.
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