Recently, the President of the United States jumped into the issue that is the suffering of people who have endured traumatic brain injuries. He along with many others has recognized the need to learn more about the brain before we can really make inroads in terms of definitively diagnosing and treating this serious medical problem. He did so by announcing that the federal government was setting aside $100 million for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a program that is expected to grow into an effort that involves billions of dollars and many different research facilities.
On the heels of that news, it looks as if the University of California at San Diego, or UCSD, is wasting no time in getting started on its end of this effort. Today, the school will open the Center for Brain Activity Mapping (CBAM), which is expected to be the focal point of the funding provided by the president. The center will begin the process of mapping the brain down to the cellular level, something that has not really been done to this point and something that almost every expert in the field of brain study has agreed would be enormously beneficial.
The obvious hope is that as scientists from all over the United States work together to map the brain, more will be learned with regards to traumatic brain injuries that will include new diagnostic tools and strategies as well as new treatment protocols. As of now, even the most advanced researchers and technology can only see a few hundred brain cells, which are not nearly enough to fully understand how the brain works, how it's damaged and how it can be repaired. This mapping project is expected to serve as the foundation for all of those anticipated advancements.
The opening of the CBAM is only the beginning, as once this lab is up and running it will begin to collaborate with other research facilities in San Diego, across California and eventually across the rest of the United States. That's the point when more funding should become available and more research will begin after the foundation has been set. This is believed to be the first real national initiative of its kind dedicated for this purpose.
As of now, approximately 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries in the United States every year. Hundreds of thousands of people are injured badly enough that they face the real prospect of living with long-term disabilities, and part of the reason for that grim outlook is that we simply do not know enough yet about how to help these people. Any progress that this center can make will only be a benefit to those patients and their families.
We have been representing clients as traumatic brain injury lawyers for decades, and the team at the Scarlett Law Group would like to wish everyone involved with this project the best in hopes that important advancements can be made and people in this situation can see improvement in their lives.