Optimiser la récupération des enfants et adolescents après une commotion cérébrale: innover par l'évaluation et l'intervention


Isabelle Gagnon

Université McGill


Domaine : Santé de la mère, des enfants et des adolescents

Programme chercheurs-boursiers cliniciens - Senior

Concours 2016-2017

Over the last decade, awareness around the problem of concussions in children has grown significantly. Although cognitive, behavioral and physical symptoms are reported by the families and children with mTBI, the results of quantitative tests to objectively document these impairments are often negative and perhaps not sensitive enough. One of the problems with the field of pediatric concussion in general, not everyone is using the same ways to quantify problems in clinic and research. It can be challenging, if not impossible, to combine and/or compare data or studies in meaningful ways due to the variability of diagnostic terms and tools used to categorize, assess and classify patients, interventions, and outcomes.

The first study of my research program will work on making the assessment used to measure the consequences of concussion in children and adolescents more structured to propose a better way of tracking how they recover and whether our interventions work. The second and third study of my program will focus on testing treatments for children and adolescents with concussions. I will first look at when the best time to begin an exercise-based treatment for the group of kids who take more time to recover from their concussion. In the last study, I will determine whether using a vision-based treatment approach can promotor brain plasticity and recovery from concussion, when administered early in the recovery period.

My work has the potential to lead to improved services for this clientele. We believe that a better understanding of the way children recover and of the way our interventions alter their brain functioning will enable us to provide them with optimal care post-concussion.