- Neurodegenerative disorders
Jacinta is a Research Assistant working on the CREST Concussion Recovery Study, a longitudinal observational study of mild traumatic brain injury. The study aims to identify factors that may be used to predict individuals at risk of poor outcomes following mild traumatic brain injuries such as concussion. The project is supported by the Neurotrauma Research Program at the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science.
Having witnessed the significant issues faced by people recovering from concussion injuries and the effects on their lives – including their work, education, sport and social interaction – Jacinta is driven to see her research contribute to better assessment and management of concussion injuries. At the top of her wish list are improvements in the services and facilities available to patients in her home state of Western Australia and better awareness and understanding of the significance of concussion injuries within the community.
Having worked as a physiotherapist for over 20 years, Jacinta is a relative newcomer to research who brings first-hand experience working with sports people who have sustained concussion injuries. With growing evidence that mild traumatic brain injury may have longer lasting effects on patients than previously thought, and may contribute to conditions such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) or early dementia, Jacinta is a passionate advocate for the importance of this area of research. She is keen to gather as much information and evidence as she can, so she can help the world learn more about the effects of traumatic brain injuries in the long-term and contribute to improved and lasting outcomes for patients.
Research interests – traumatic brain injury; sports-related concussion.