Much of a study looking into easier ways of detecting traumatic brain injury will be conducted through a Johnson and Johnson facility in Rochester.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said the Defense Department is looking for a blood test that will detect mild-to-moderate TBI's in military combat veterans. The work is being funded by a $13 million addition to a Defense Department contract. Slaughter says the prime contractor is bringing in Johnson and Johnson's Ortho Clinical Diagnostics facility at Eastman Business Park to handle 71 percent of the contract work.
Johnson and Johnson employs about 11-hundred people in Rochester.
TBI...or concussion...is a frequent consequence of explosion and blast injuries. People who suffere repeated concussions are at risk for neurological damage including early onset dementia. The miliary currently uses a congnitive test to catch it, but needs something more reliable.