Pitt holds military medicine symposium

A recent meeting at the University of Pittsburgh focused on the latest developments in military medicine, including a newly developed technique to better detect head injuries.

The Veterans Day Symposium was held at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum and was supported by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Military Medicine Research, according to Post-Gazette.com.

The U.S. Navy's Deputy Chief for Medical Research, Rear Admiral Bruce Doll, was in attendance. He noted that many of the 51,000 wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan who would have most likely died in previous wars are now living highly productive lives because of advances in medical technology.

"If you suffered an accident, the best place to get emergency care is Kandahar, Afghanistan," Doll said, Post-Gazette.com reports.

Arthur S. Levine, the senior vice chancellor for health sciences at Pitt, used the symposium as an opportunity to announce that the U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Pitt's School of Medicine two grants totaling $5.4 million to further evaluate a newly developed technique to determine the extent of traumatic brain injuries.

The new technique, called high-definition fiber tracking, allows physicians to see what neural connections have been broken through injury or neurological disorders. The results can even be viewed on a mobile phone or tablet.

Walter Schneider, a senior scientist at Pitt's Learning Research and Development Center, said that the newly acquired funding will help the technique to become widely used in the near future.

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