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  • Mar
    14

    University of Montana - Brain Injury Study

    University of Montana - Brain Injury Study

    The Department of Defense has granted $1.5 million dollars to a researcher at a University of Montana. David Poulsen was awarded the grant for continued methamphetamine research. David is a researcher in the Universities Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Montana.

    Through David Poulsen's research, he has found that giving low doses of prescribed meth decreases the effects of traumatic brain injuries in rodents. According to Poulsen's research, small amounts of prescription methamphetamine administered to a rodent that's suffered a major brain injury or stroke appears to protect the brain. The low dose of prescribed meth is given shortly after the stroke or brain injury.

    The federal grant will be used to study methamphetamines potential use to military personnel. Military planners are in need of a drug that can alleviate the effects experienced from exposure to blast-forced energy waves experienced from explosions. Poulsen's research will be to determine what dose of prescribed methamphetamine is needed to protect the brain and how long after the injury takes place will the treatment continue to work.

    Men and women in the military that suffer from these traumatic injuries to the brain develop seizures; they develop them at twenty times the rate of civilians. If they are able to come up with a way of protecting the neurons in the brain, hopefully they would be able to prevent their military personnel from developing seizures due to brain injuries. The grant received by David Poulsen will be used for researching this low dose methamphetamine treatment which could benefit military personnel as well as others who suffer from major brain injuries.



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