A University of Montana research team recently received research funds to study traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The team, led by assistant research professor Sarjubhai Patel, will use the funds to develop new technologies to diagnose and treat TBI.

The funds are from the $15 million “Montana University System Research Initiative,” which, according to Gov Steve Bullock in a news story from Montana Public Radio, is designed to encourage innovation in traditional and emerging industries.

Patel notes in a news story about the grant appearing in the newspaper Missoulian that TBI is a growing public health issue around the world, and Montana has the second highest per capita rate in the country.

“We’re hoping that with this award, we can actually use Montana technologies, Montana ideas, to really make a big difference in the treatment, the diagnosis and social impacts,” Patel says.

The Montana Public Radio release notes that this grant award was selected among more than 200 proposals submitted statewide.

[Source: Montana Public Radio, Missoulian]