Bioengineering Seminar Series

Barclay Morrison III, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Vice Dean of Undergraduate Programs, FU
Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Columbia University

Barclay Morrison and his laboratory study the biomechanics of brain injuries from common occurrences like motor vehicle accidents, falls, and sports-related concussions to reduce their socioeconomic toll by developing better safety systems to prevent injuries and understanding the pathobiology to better treat brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) results in approximately 50,000 deaths and 85,000 permanently disabled persons per year in the United States with an estimated primary care cost of $76 billion per year. The clinical situation is quite dire as there are no drug treatments which target the underlying pathobiology of TBI. This profound need for improvements in the prevention and treatment of TBI is the driving force behind Morrison’s research. The long-term goal of his laboratory is to understand the consequences of mechanical forces on the most complex system of the human body, the brain, and to develop strategies to mitigate and perhaps reverse these injurious effects. His research explores the specific cellular, molecular, and metabolic effects of injury on brain cells in response to precisely controlled biomechanical stimuli. His research program has three main focus areas:

Improvement of prevention strategies through development of critical biomechanical data for the living brain Identification of novel treatment options by understanding the post-traumatic pathobiology in greater detail Engineering new research tools to enhance studies in the first two areas Morrison received a BS in biomedical engineering from John Hopkins University in 1992 and a MSE and PhD in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and 1999, respectively. 

The Bioengineering Seminar Series is co-hosted by the Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience and the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, and they are open to all in the bio-community.