Fast-Tracking Novel Concussion Research

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For Christina Master, MD, and Kristy Arbogast, PhD, leaders of the ever-innovative Minds Matter Concussion Program, it’s a top priority that every one of more than 4,000 youth with concussions coming to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) yearly receive two key things: treatment based on the most current research, and the reassurance that concussions are a condition for which we have the tools to identify, manage, and treat.

Now, with recent designation as a 2021 Frontier Program, Minds Matter is further championing this goal, fast-tracking its cutting-edge scientific knowledge from the bench to the bedside.

“Through Minds Matter, we wanted to ensure that wherever you sought care at CHOP for your concussion, you benefitted from the most state-of-the-art knowledge and research translated to the most up-to-date concussion care,” said Dr. Master, a sports medicine pediatrician at CHOP. “Frontier Program support enables us to advance to the next level and potentially make large paradigm shifts in our care for concussions. In other words, as a Frontier program, we can conduct more advanced research, to better understand concussion, and ultimately do more to care for our kids with concussion.”

Since it's inception, the Minds Matter program has sought to optimize individual outcomes by staying at the forefront of concussion prevention, diagnosis, and care, and has already translated several of its discoveries in the research arena to clinical care.

Read more about advancements in concussion diagnosis, active rehabilitation strategies, and how Frontier support will drive future discoveries in this Cornerstone blog post from CHOP's Research Institute: "Leveling the Field of Concussion Care: Minds Matter Fast-Tracks Novel Research."

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