Pediatric Brain Injury Assessment in Real World Crashes (Multiple Year Project)

Principal InvestigatorMatthew Maltese, PhD, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading pediatric injury in motor vehicle crashes, and an ever-expanding array of safety systems are being developed that have the potential to mitigate TBI. Human body computer models are under development and have the potential to guide the development of such safety systems, but pediatric human body models are limited. In this project, investigators are developing a family of pediatric finite element (FE) brain models. In prior years of this project, investigators developed an FE model of the 6 year old child and validated the robustness of this model through simulation of injury events. The current project will extend this capability to younger children by developing FE brain models of both the infant and toddler.

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This Center is made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) which unites CHOP, University of Pennsylvania, and The Ohio State University researchers with R&D leaders in the automotive and insurance industries to translate research findings into tangible innovations in safety technology and public education programs.

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