The Pediatric Neurotrauma Program, directed by Andrew Reisner, MD, is a multi-institutional collaboration representing Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University.

Our mission is to establish a basic science research program focused on pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI). We work to improve the health and quality of life of children living with acute neurological injuries, specifically TBI.

Through our large volume of pediatric neurotrauma patients, we use translational research to improve patient care. We collaborate with local and national researchers of all disciplines to advance the understanding and treatment of TBI.  Pediatric Neurotrauma Lab’s goal is to facilitate research that can improve the treatment and outcome of traumatic brain injuries in children.

For more information, visit our Pediatric Neurotrauma Laboratory webpages.

Reisner AR, Ralston AK, Vats A, Sawvel MS, Blackwell LS. (in press) Commentary: Guidelines for the Management of Pediatric Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, Third Edition: Update of the Brain Trauma Foundation Guidelines, Executive Summary. Neurosurgery

Gao, N., Zhang-Brotzge, X., Wali, B., Sayeed, I., Chern, J.J., Blackwell, L.S.,  Kuan, C.Y.,  Reisner, A. (2019) Plasma osteopontin may predict neuroinflammation and the severity of pediatric traumatic brain injury. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Mar 13:271678X19836412. doi: 10.1177/0271678X19836412. [Epub ahead of print].

Reisner, A.R., Chern, JJ, Walson, K, Tillman, N, Petrillo-Albarano, T, Sribnick, EA, Blackwell, LS, Suskin, ZD, Kuan, C, & Vats A. (2018). Introduction of severe traumatic brain injury care protocol is associated with reduction in mortality for pediatric patients: a case study of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Neurotrauma Program. J Neurosurg Pediatr, Aug;22(2):165-172.

Reisner A., Burns T.G., Hall L.B., Jain S., Weselman B.C., De Grauw T.J., Ono K.E., Blackwell L.S., Chern J.J. (2017). Quality Improvement in Concussion Care: Influence of Guideline-Based Education. J Pediatrics May 184:26-31.

Reisner, A., Popoli, D.M., Burns, T.G., Marshall, D.L., Jain, S., Hall, L.B., Vova, J.A., Kroll, S., Weselman, B.C., Palasis, S., Hayes, L.L., Clark, G.H., Speake, K.M., Holbrook, B.H., Wiskind, R.H., Licata, R.M., Ono, K.E., Hogan, E., Chern, J.J., & DeGrauw, T. (2015). The central role of community-practicing pediatricians in contemporary concussion care: A case study of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Concussion Program. Clinical Pediatrics, 54(11) 1031-1037. doi: 10.1177/0009922815573468

Popoli, D.M., Burns, T.G., Meehan, W.P. 3rd, & Reisner, A. (2014). CHOA concussion consensus: Establishing a uniform policy for academic accommodations. Clinical Pediatrics, 53(3), 217-224. doi: 10.1177/0009922813499070

Ono, K.E., Burns, T.G., Bearden, D.J., McManus, S.M., King, H., & Reisner, A. (2016) Sex-based differences as a predictor of recovery trajectories in young athletes after a sports-related concussion. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 44(3), 748-752. doi: 10.1177/0363546515617746

Refer to the links on individual faculty pages for a more comprehensive list of publications.