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In the News: Mason's Concussion Research

April 3, 2015

Shane Caswell

An in-depth article from New York Magazine on April 2 entitled "Can Technology Save Football" cites the concussion research underway at George Mason University as a promising technology.

From the article:

Still, these technologies, while better than current diagnosis methods, rely on observing symptoms, which isn't foolproof. That's why researchers are working to find a biomarker, or a change inside the body, that indicates a concussion.

One lead on this front comes from the University of Pennsylvania, where a recent study showed that after a concussion, levels of the protein SNTF are elevated in the blood. The presence of a blood biomarker can remove the guess work and the potential deception from sideline concussion tests.

A saliva biomarker that indicates concussion, a topic being researched at George Mason University, would make things even easier. Wherever it was found, some infallible biomarker would be "hugely helpful," says Dr. Cantu. “We just don’t have it yet.”

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The research referenced in the article is being led by Shane Caswell, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development, and Emanuel Petricoin, co-director of the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine in the College of Science.

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