Peter Ferrazzano, MD, and Team Awarded Grant to build Center for Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Research

Peter A. Ferrazzano, MD
Peter A. Ferrazzano, MD

Congratulations to the Team of Peter Ferrazzano, MD, Principal Investigator, and UW Co-PIs M. Alison Brooks, MD, MPH (Orthopedics & Rehabilitation), Christian Franck, PhD, MS (Mechanical Engineering), and Traci Snedden, PhD, RN, CPNP, CNE (School of Nursing), who were recently awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the UW Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) and the Athletic Department, for a two-year multidisciplinary pilot study. This pilot program seeks to combine the expertise of faculty across the UW campus and to create a foundation on which to build a comprehensive Center for Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Research. In this pilot project they will address major gaps in our understanding of sports-related brain injuries in children. It is estimated that 10-15,000 children in Wisconsin each year are affected by acquired brain injury, which is the greatest source of morbidity and mortality in childhood. The program aims to improve the diagnosis and management of sports-related brain injuries, with the long-term goal of expanding this research to study all types of acquired brain injury.