College of Health and Human Services


Brain Biomarkers Research Lab

The research lab works on two main grants for research into TBI early diagnosis - one granted to KSU, and another grant out of Pennsylvania State University. Details are given below:


Current Grant

Department of Defense grant: (2011-2013), $2.4 million

Agency: Department of the Army – USAMRAA (Department of Defense), Fort Worth, VA
Title: Validation of AMPA Receptor Peptide Assay to Improve Diagnostic Certainty of mTBI
Patient cohorts: 500 patients with concussions and mTBI & 100 healthy volunteers
Recipient: Kennesaw State University
Principle Investigator: Dr. Svetlana Dambinova
Co-Principle Investigators: Dr. Joseph Maroon, M.D., Pittsburgh University
Dr. Kerstin Betterman, M.D., Ph.D, Penn State University


New Grant Application

NIH grant: submitted in 2011 (2012-2016), $3.6 million

Agency: National Institute Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS), NIH, Bethesda, MD
Title: Biomarkers for Acute Brain Ischemia Study (BABIS)
Patient cohorts: 700 total:
400 patients with transient ischemic attack (TIA) & stroke,
200 stroke mimics,
100 controls.
Recipient: Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center, College of Medicine
Principle Investigator: K.Bettermann, Ph.d., M.D. (Principle Investigator)
Co-Principle Investigators: Svetlana Dambinova, DSc, PhD, Kennesaw State University
Jose Biller, M.D., FACP, FAAN, FAHA, Loyola university Chicago - Stritch School of Medicine.