Minnesota Healthy Brain Initiative

The Minnesota Healthy Brain Initiative is a research project to study and increase awareness of the impact of alcohol on brain function by uncovering alcohol-induced visual deficits via eye tracking.

The data collected will be used in assisting brain injury research. Also, eye tracking gives people a chance to see the impact of alcohol intoxication on the movement of their eyes!

Healthy Brain Initiative Brain Graphic

What our participants can expect:

  • You will be asked some simple medical history questions.
  • You will sign a consent that your results may be used in the study.
  • You will watch two short videos that move around a screen and asked to follow them with your eyes.

To be a part of history contact us directly at 612-873-7190 or braininjuryresearch@hcmed.org.

Led by Dr. Uzma Samadani, the Brain Injury Research Lab at Hennepin County Medical Center, is exploring methods for improved classification of brain injury to enable better identification of people who do not recover. Our research uses sophisticated eye-tracking technology that does not need a baseline test for comparison (while most others do) and is available to all levels of age and literacy. A research subject watches a short film clip or music video while a camera measures eye movements with high precision and identifies patterns associated with brain injury or other abnormalities.


We encourage you to donate to the Rockswold Kaplan Endowment Fund to help further our research. All proceeds will go towards staffing, patient honorariums and raising awareness.

Please visit the TBI Endowment Campaign to donate!

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