The University of Kansas School of Medicine has joined the nation's medical schools in stepping up efforts to address the health care challenges being faced by our veterans and military families. By directing some of our brightest minds and our most cutting-edge research toward the problems of our military veterans, we're ensuring that those who have served our country are benefitting from the latest biomedical research.
Among the KU Medical Center research projects that have the potential to benefit military personnel:
Randolph J. Nudo, Ph.D., a professor of molecular and integrative physiology, developed a brain repair microdevice which holds great promise for the treatment of traumatic brain injury and stroke. This lightweight, battery-powered device is an implant that generates electrical impulses. Electrodes detect the signals from the brain, decode them and then stimulate the area of the brain that's become disconnected. Dr. Nudo's research is supported in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Defense, which hopes the device has the potential to help military and veterans who suffer from traumatic brain injuries.
Janet Pierce, RN, a professor in the School of Nursing, is studying the effects of co-enzyme Q10 on the effect of oxidative stress produced during hemorrhagic shock. This research is being sponsored by a Department of Defense grant.
Michael Heggeness, program director and chair of orthopaedics at the School of Medicine-Wichita campus, is working on a $1.6 million research project that seeks to address combat-related lower-limb trauma. The hope lies in a so-called "bone putty" that could have a tremendous effect on bone healing time and help injured troops avoid the complications and agony associated with painful surgeries, limb shortening and amputations.