University of Utah/ VA Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mary Jo Pugh Ph.D., R.N. is a Research Career Scientist at the Salt Lake City Veterans Health Care System, and Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Epidemiology at the University of Utah. Dr. Pugh’s research focuses on long-term sequelae of TBI with an emphasis on mild TBI in military service members and veterans. Her current work as part of the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium and DoD Epilepsy Research Program examines the emergence of distinct neurodegenerative conditions such as cognitive impairment, dementia, and epilepsy in addition to emergence of clusters of neurodegenerative comorbidity that may have similar biological underpinnings. These longitudinal observational studies of approximately one million veterans currently link DoD combat theatre and health system data with VA health system data, and are in the process of linking to DoD serum repository data and obtaining new primary data related to neuroimaging and serum biomarkers. These studies aim to understand which individuals are at highest risk of neurodegeneration, mental health conditions, and deficits in functional outcomes after mild TBI.