Childhood Brain Injury Focus of UT Martin Research Series
TAGS: Brain NetworkConcussionConnectivityNeuroimagingPediatricsResearchSeminarTBI

Dr. Saman Sargolzaei, UT Martin Assistant Professor of Engineering, will discuss current research into pediatric brain injuries during a presentation at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 25, in the Paul Meek Library. “Despite subjective variances, regularity exists in healthy brain development,” Sargolzaei explains. “Yet, the concept of brain development introduces uncertainty and further complexity to the studies of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the pediatric population.” To unravel these complexities, Sargolzaei’s research uses brain network modeling to better understand brain dynamics after such injuries.

The event will also highlight other research projects at UT Martin’s Brain Autonomy and Resiliency (BAR) Research Lab, including Tennessee corn promotion through the lens of virtual reality, robotic-based approaches for positive reinforcement of mask use during the COVID pandemic, and a neuroimaging study of human anxiety induced by the introduction of autonomous vehicles into transportation systems.

The public presentation is part of the UT Martin Research Series which highlights the research of campus faculty, staff, and students. The event, co-sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs and the UT Martin Libraries, will be held in the north reading room of the Paul Meek Library. Light refreshments will be served and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch for the event.

Parking for the reception will be in the Paul Meek Library parking lot on Wayne Fisher Drive off Mt. Pelia Road. Parking permits are available online at by selecting the “Online Visitor Parking Permit” link. For more information, contact Erik Nordberg, dean of the Paul Meek Library, at 731-881-7070.