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November 26, 2014

Penn Medicine Team Develops Cognitive Test Battery to Assess the Impact of Long Duration Spaceflights on Astronauts’ Brain Function

The first astronaut is scheduled to take the battery on the International Space Station on November 28

Penn Medicine researchers have developed a cognitive test battery, known as Cognition, for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) to measure the impact of typical spaceflight stressors (like microgravity, radiation, confinement and isolation, exposure to elevated levels of CO2, and sleep loss) on cognitive performance. Read more ...

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Scientists and clinicians at Penn Medicine and elsewhere have been expanding our knowledge of the harm that football and some other sports can do to the brain – and coming up with ways to detect and treat brain injuries sooner. Concussion has drawn the most attention, but a newer focus is chronic traumatic encephalopathy. In addition, Penn researchers are working on ways to detect and treat traumatic brain injuries caused by battlefield blast waves.

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