“Our mission is to help soldiers and civilians by understanding why and how blast and blunt trauma causes injury to the brain. We built unique blast wave and blunt injury platforms using animal, PMHS and in-vitro models. Our holistic and collaborative approach explores Traumatic Brain Injury to save and improve lives.”

– Bryan J. Pfister, PhD (Director)

The Center's Objectives

  • Study the effects of blast waves or pressure pulses on a human head with and without a protective helmet (experiments and simulation)
  • Develop a multi-scale constitutive model of helmet, skull, and brain-based on experiments and modeling. Simulate the effect of pressure and impact loading on deformation and damage.
  • Culture cells, e.g., glial; characterize their dynamic behavior, and study the change in their functional and mechanical responses.