Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Injury Science REU Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Lincoln University - PA Projects

Please note, applications for the 2020 Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program are now closed. 2021 Injury Science REU Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Lincoln University - PA Research Projects will be listed in November 2020.

Funded by a Pennsylvania Department of Health grant with a mission to promote scientific research in Pennsylvania's historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) offers two research projects exclusively to Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Lincoln University - PA students.

Dr. Cohen & Gabriel Nah | REUDr. Cohen with 2018 REU Alum Gabriel Nah, a Lincoln University graduate, presenting at the Annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting
Read a blog post on Gabriel's Injury Science REU experience

PROJECT 1: COGNITIVE AND CIRCUIT IMPAIRMENTS INDUCED BY MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Mentor: Akiva S. Cohen, PhD

Research Description: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults. A TBI occurs on average every 21 seconds and afflicts approximately two million people annually in the United States. No effective therapy currently exists to treat TBI. A profound obstacle to the diagnosis and treatment of TBI is the absence of an objective, quantitative test for TBI. The difficulty in diagnosing TBI is due in large part to the overlap in symptoms between TBI and other conditions (e.g. stroke, migraine, PTSD, depression, and non-convulsive seizures), as well as variability in the initial injury and clinical presentation. Therefore, we are determining the nature of a brain circuitry functional biomarker in mice that have received a mild TBI.  

REU Project Description: The REU student will become a member of the Cohen lab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia The student will receive mentorship from the lead investigator, as well as from members of his laboratory. The student will learn various behavioral paradigms and immunohistochemistry, as well as cell counting and biochemistry. The student will also gain experience in problem-solving, data analyses, interpreting findings, and developing new research ideas. There will also be opportunities to submit and present his or her work at conferences and to participate in the preparation of journal publications.

Dr. Patton & Sydney Anderson | REUDr. Patton with 2019 REU Alum Sydney Anderson, a senior at Lincoln University
Read Sydney's REU Training Testimonial

PROJECT 2: BIOMECHANICS OF HEAD IMPACTS IN YOUTH SPORTS

Mentor: Declan A. Patton, PhD

Research Description: Over 1.5 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur in the U.S. each year. In addition, there is growing concern for the neurophysiological outcomes and effects of repetitive head impacts that do not result in concussive symptoms. Recent advancements in technology have led to the development of head impact sensors with the ability to measure head motions experienced by athletes during sports participation.Therefore, researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) are conducting a large clinical and biomechanical study to investigate the relationship between objective neurophysiological measures and head impacts in youth sports.

REU Project Description: The REU student will participate in several aspects of the larger research study and develop skills in data collection, management, and analysis. Specifically, the student will be mainly involved in the collection of head impact sensor data during a laboratory study of repetitive head impacts and video review of head impact sensor data collected from youth sports games. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to participate in team meetings, discussions, and presentations. Through this project, the student will gain broad research experience valuable to a potential career in engineering and/or scientific research. We are looking for a student who is motivated and enthusiastic to learn more about head injury biomechanics and to work on a diverse and collaborative research team.

We will be accepting Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Lincoln University - PA applications December 16, 2019 to January 16, 2020 (Applications submitted after these dates will not be reviewed.)