Dr. Kurt's paper "Mechanistic Insights into Human Brain Impact Dynamics through Modal Analysis", recently published on Physical Review Letters, featured in Science Magazine.
The study analyzed data on 189 head collisions acquired during football games (thanks to special mouth guards equipped with accelerometers and gyroscopes) and simulated how the brain responded mechanically to each hit. This allowed to identify the most important frequencies of brain oscillations during the impacts, with profound implications for the understanding of concussion mechanisms and the design of protective helmets.
You can read a commentary on the study written by Prof. P. Bayly (Washington University, St. Louis) for the American Physical Society’s website here.
Congratulations Dr. Kurt!
Our lab's work on concussion recently featured on the main Stevens' website: among others, Dr. Kurt explains why measuring the brain’s mechanical properties in vivo could give us new hints on brain function and pathology. Find the full story at https://www.stevens.edu/news/concussions.