Geoff Ling, MD, PhD
Jean Ann Brock BrainHealth Project Co-Leader
When I was in the military, we referred to ‘left of boom’ as staying ahead of a potentially catastrophic event. For the first time ever, we have a way to stay ‘left of boom’ when it comes to our brain’s health and fitness– and it’s backed by a body of science that is growing by leaps and bounds. Cognitive neuroscience is where some of the most exciting, transformative discoveries are happening today.
Dr. Geoff Ling has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters reflecting his research in disciplines including neurocritical care, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, memory restoration and prosthetics.
This groundbreaking study establishes a holistic, personalized measure of brain fitness (the BrainHealth® Index) and training protocols with the potential to revolutionize global health.
DARPA has enabled major advances in the field of brain-computer interfaces, particularly efforts aimed at restoring neural and/or behavioral function and improving human training and performance.
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is the signature injury in warfighters exposed to explosive blasts, yet the pathology underlying mTBI is poorly understood, as this condition is rarely fatal and postmortem brains are difficult to obtain for neuropathological studies. Studies of an experimental model, with a gyrencephalic brain that is exposed to single and multiple explosive blast pressure waves, have investigated neuropathological changes due to blast exposure.
TBI can occur in both civilians and warfighters, with head injuries occurring in both combat and non-combat situations from a variety of threats, including ballistic penetration, acceleration, blunt impact, and blast. Most generally, TBI is a condition in which physical loads exceed the capacity of brain tissues to absorb without injury.
Dr. Geoff Ling - What is Left of Boom?
Left of boom is a military term to prevent and protect from explosions – making proactive decisions ahead of time. When it comes to brain health, most people don’t think about it until something goes wrong – boom! By strengthening the brain’s health and function NOW – getting “left of boom” – we are giving ourselves protection to mitigate, overcome or even avoid some of the tough challenges that may lie ahead.
Learn key insights on how to be a forward-thinker with Geoff Ling, MD, PhD, professor and physician with Johns Hopkins, a co-leader of The BrainHealth® Project, retired United States Army colonel, and former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Biological Technologies Office.
Geoffrey Ling: From DARPA to Life
Geoffrey Ling (CEO, Ling and Associates) led the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Biological Technologies Office. Since then, Dr. Ling has been taking transformative technologies to market. Here, he shares a story of technologies with the potential to fundamentally change the entire pharmaceutical industry—and how we can address public health challenges and disasters.