Pediatric Brain Injury Assessment in Real World Crashes (Multiple Year Project)
Principal Investigator: Matthew 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.