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Kraft awarded NSF CAREER Award focused on brain mechanics

Posted on February 18, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Bolstered by a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, Reuben Kraft, Penn State assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, co-hire of the Institute for CyberScience (ICS), and affiliate of the Center of Neural Engineering and Neuroscience programs, seeks to contribute to the understanding of brain trauma by developing advanced computer models that link neuroimaging results, biomechanical assessments and computational modeling of the brain. The CAREER Award is the most prestigious award offered by NSF in support of early-career faculty.

“Diffuse axonal injury is a common pathology associated with traumatic brain injury in which deformation of axonal cells leads to rupture and axonal degeneration,” Kraft says. “Yet, there remain difficulties with interpreting the degree of injury using current technology today, especially for mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions.”

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