Institute for Brain Protection Sciences

Institute Research

Investigators in the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences focus on all aspects of brain and central nervous system health, from neuro-oncology and the impact of concussions and strokes to developmental disorders and mental health, including evidence-based treatment for mood disorders in children and adolescents.

Among the institute’s research projects:

  • A collaboration with the Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute to study pediatric brain tumors to pursue evidence-based treatments and cures.
  • A study of changes in brain function in high school athletes participating in sports at higher risk for concussion. The study looks at the relationship between head impact forces among other factors, and cognitive and behavioral function over time.
  • A collaboration with the Institute for Fundamental Biomedical Research on a study that discovered a diagnostic marker that distinguishes a fast-growing type of medulloblastoma from a less aggressive type.
  • A study of the impact of training for law enforcement officers on how to interact with children on the autism spectrum.

Read more about our research:

Training Program Helps Law Enforcement Officers Better Understand Autism Spectrum Disorder

A study shows that after training, law enforcement officers were better able to recognize the signs and symptoms of ASD, and avoid violent confrontations.

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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Scientist Makes Key Cancer Discovery

Ranjan Perera, Ph.D., was the senior author on a study that may lead to more effective therapies for medulloblastoma, a common form of pediatric brain cancer.

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NIH Grant Boosts Johns Hopkins All Children’s Basic Science Efforts

Rui Zhou, Ph.D., a scientist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s, recently received a National Institutes of Health grant for a project on RNA biology that could impact understanding of immune response.

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Bella vs. Brain Tumor

Bella, diagnosed with medulloblastoma, enrolls in a research study and fights back with the help of many teams from the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences.

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Researchers and Athletes Team Up to Study Concussion

In many contact sports, a hit to the head is part of the game. But when it happens to a growing brain, what are the long-term effects? This is one of several questions a new concussion study led by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital hopes to answer. The hospital’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences is studying changes in brain function in high school athletes...

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