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One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinar... more.
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Bryan Pfister, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, NJIT
Bryan J. Pfister, PhD
Bryan J. Pfister, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology Bryan Pfister received his BS from Clarkson University, earned his PhD in Material Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2002 and did his post-doctoral study in the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania. Bryan joined the New Jersey Institute of Technology Biomedical Engineering Department in January 2006. He served as interim department chair in 2013 and is now currently serving as Chair. He played a leading role in the department's initial ABET academic accreditation in 2006 and recently chaired the accreditation visit in 2013. More recently he has helped establish the Center for Injury Biomechanics, Materials and Medicine, New Jersey's first Research Center focused on Nervous system injury and repair. Dr. Pfister's research encompasses how mechanical forces affect the nervous system - spanning from stretch induced growth during development to axonal stretch injury in traumatic brain injuries. In his first year at NJIT, he won the first grant awarded by the newly formed New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. In 2008 he received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. He is currently the lead principle investigator on a $1.6M multi-investigator grant from the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research with collaboration at NJ Medical School and the VA Hospital in East Orange. Recently he has been awarded an NSF-MRI grant to establish a Head Injury Biomechanics Measurement System; a model to precisely replicate blunt impact conditions. He is also a co-PI on a grant from the Army to develop a primary blast injury criteria for animal/human TBI models using field validated shock tubes.
Although a significant body of scientific research has long contended that the physics behind gravitational force isnâ€™t enough to cause problems, misconceptions have abounded anyway, said Bryan Pfister, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering at NJIT. (Read more)
This article discusses a new study recently completed by Bryan Pfister, PhD, a specialist in neural tissue engineering and bio-dynamics.
The study supports the findings by Exponent, the BIA, and Neuro-Med. Low Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury from Roller Coaster Rides, Researcher Says June 28, 2010 With July 4th around the bend, if you've ever feared a head injury from a roller coaster ride, it's time to stop worrying and enjoy your local amusement parks. Although a significant body of scientific research has long contended that the physics behind gravitational force isn't enough to cause problems, misconceptions have abounded anyway, said Bryan Pfister, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering at NJIT. Pfister recently set out to disprove such misconceptions in his paper "Head Motions While Riding Roller Coasters: Implications for Brain Injury," (The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, Dec. 2009). The paper makes the case that "there appears to be an extremely low risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to the head motions induced by roller coaster rides." "The risk of TBI while riding roller coasters has received substantial attention. Case reports of TBI around the time of riding roller coasters have led many medical professionals to assert that the high gravitational forces (G-forces) induced by roller coasters pose a significant TBI risk. Head injury research, however, has shown that G-forces alone cannot predict TBI," said Pfister. Pfister used established head injury criterions and procedures to compare the potential of TBI between daily activities and roller coaster riding. Pfister, a specialist in neural tissue engineering, received in 2007 a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation to support and expand his research into rapid axon stretch growth, a technique for regenerating damaged or diseased nerve cells. He received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.
Bryan J. Pfister, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Dr. Pfister is a specialist in neural tissue engineering. In 2007,Dr. Pfister received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation to support and expand his research into rapid axon stretch growth, a technique for regenerating damaged or diseased nerve cells. In collaboration with a team of physicians at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Pfister has recreated in the laboratory a natural form of axon growth that occurs through stretching as an individual grows from embryo through early adulthood. By studying the tissue grown through the stretching technique, he hopes to find clues to repairing traumatic injuries to the spinal cord and other nerve tissue. Pfister also hopes to develop a nerve-tissue interface that would allow for a thought-controlled prosthesis that would behave like a natural limb. Dr. Pfister received his PhD in materials science engineering and his MS degree in mechanical engineering, both from Johns Hopkins University, and his BS degree in interdisciplinary engineering and management from Clarkson University.