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Brain Disorders and Trauma

Brain Disorders and Trauma

A functioning brain is a prerequisite for life itself. Within the brain our personality, our thoughts and feelings are shaped, our memories are stored, and our actions are controlled. It is the latest developed organ in evolution and is the organ which in reality makes man a human being.

The brain receives, and transmits signals from and to the entire body, and also from the surrounding environment. Maintenance of a normal brain function requires a dynamic and highly refined interaction  both within the internal environment of the brain itself, and also in the rest of the body.

Brain diseases and trauma to the brain involve disruption in the brain’s metabolism, blood flow and signalling systems, and may affect everything we do in everyday life, for a long time or permanently. A prerequisite for understanding such consequences is an understanding of the normal brain processes. Furthermore, an understanding of the long-term effects of diseases and injuries to the brain is a prerequisite for any attempt to optimize the quality of life for those affected. There are still many gaps in our knowledge which affects the ability to give the desired care.At the Department of Neuroscience core topics of research are diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation after brain diseases such as epilepsy, depression, MS, Parkinson's disease, neuromuscular diseases and schizophrenia, after vascular diseases like stroke, and also traumatic brain injury and severe mental trauma to the brain.