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Biomarker Identified for Predicting Increased Risk of Developing Post Traumatic Epilepsy

Approximately 5 – 30% of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) develop post traumatic epilepsy (PTE). The onset of seizures in patients who are susceptible to PTE can range from weeks or months to more than a decade after TBI. In a presentation today at the 64th American Epilepsy Society annual meeting, scientists report that the analysis of routine MRI scans can reliably quantify the disruptions in the blood brain barrier that are increasingly believed to be a prominent contributor to epilepsy development.

Name You Need To Know in 2011: The S100B Blood Test

It has been coined the signature wound of the Iraq war. Traumatic brain injury has been on the rise as improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan expose troops to more blasts and resultant head wounds than ever before.

Area Biotech Company Banyan Biomarkers On Cutting Edge

The founders of Banyan Biomarkers describe the Alachua-based research firm as a “Gator-made company.”

Banyan made news recently when it was awarded a $26.3 million Department of Defense contract to develop a diagnostic blood test for traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The company has been studying “biomarkers,” or proteins in the blood produced by an injured brain.