Local researchers hot on trail of reliable way to detect brain trauma

A team of Winnipeg researchers is the first in the world to blast the brain with controlled levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen in a quest to develop a definitive test to diagnose concussions.

The cutting-edge work appears in the current edition of Plos One, a peer-reviewed, online medical journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLOS).

“These are preliminary findings, so by no means is this a home run. But we definitely think that we’ve got a man or two on base,” says Dr. Michael Ellis, one of the study’s authors.

Winnipeg’s Pan Am Clinic hired Ellis last summer to treat child and adolescent concussion patients and to conduct concussion research. He will also head Pan Am’s new concussion clinic, set to open in the fall at the MTS Iceplex.

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