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Addison Gleekel & Hyun Soo Song

Project Summary

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the result of an external force that causes physical and structural damage to the brain. It is one of the most common injuries in the world.  In fact, 1 million children sustain a brain injury every year (Brain Injury Alliance Utah). Currently, 5.3 million people live with disabilities due to TBI (5.3 million is about the population of Minnesota).

To investigate the possible long-term effects of TBI, we qualitatively and quantitatively evaluated three key components of brain injuries: mortality, recovery, and cognitive decline. For mortality, we found that a specific oxygen treatment would be more effective on the treatment of TBI than standard oxygen treatment. In our test group, almost twice the number of the patients died while in standard treatment compared to the effective treatment in the short-term. In the long-term, however, the oxygen had no effect on curbing patient mortality. For recovery, although a scale of urgency does not diagnose a brain injury or determine the future effects of the injury, in this study the hypothesis that the lower the urgency, the worse the outcome yielded true. For cognitive decline, overall, the telephone cognitive test showed little to no potential as a possible predictor of long-term cognitive decline. The eye tracking showed some promise as an effective cognitive tool, with 4 very significant metrics.

With a deeper understanding of the long-term evolution of traumatic brain injuries, patients and doctors alike will be able to learn of early onsets of cognitive decline and dementia post initial trauma, which in turn, will aid preparations for appropriate treatments. Because the long-term effects of serious traumatic brain injuries permeate through a patient’s daily life and significantly affects their family, it is crucial that more effective predictors are developed in order to sufficiently plan for the patients’ future well being.

 Addison Gleekel

My name is Addison Gleekel and I am a junior. This is my first year in Breck’s Advanced Science Research Program. My scientific interests include medical and environmental sciences. Aside from my passion in science, I am involved in several activities within and outside of the Breck School. I play varsity soccer, junior varsity hockey, and varsity softball for Breck. I also participate in Girl Up Club and Spoken Word Club. Outside of school, I volunteer at the Children’s Hospital and am Religious and Cultural Vice President of my Temple Youth Group. My dream is to become a trauma surgeon, but I also have a strong interest in political science. 

   Hyun Soo Song

My name is Brian Song and I am a junior. This is my first year in the Advance Science Research Program. Academically, I am deeply interested in statistics and chemistry. I also play attacking midfielder for the C-Squad soccer team, functioning as the team’s undisputed superstar and 3rd base and pitcher for the baseball team. My athletic achievements include leading the prestigious C-Squad team in goals and sacrificing my face in the infield, which has resulted in gruesome, yet valorous battle scars. Outside of school, I like to analyze films and perform statistical analysis on the NBA and social media that no one asks for. Most of my day is usually spent in traffic, jamming out to Jesse McCartney.
"Advanced Science Research has taught me how to adapt in times of adversity and failure, and how to have fun with science. I’ve learned to work as a team member as well as an individual researcher. Being able to adapt and work with another person towards the same goal are skills that I can use throughout the rest of my schooling and into the workforce."
"Through Advance Science Research, I learned how to work past adversity with creative solutions. The experience was extremely gratifying because it challenged my understanding of statistics and pushed my statistical abilities to new heights."
Honors & Awards

Addison Gleekel (2018) and Hyunsoo Brian Song (2018) worked at Hennepin County Medical Center under the guidance of Dr. Uzma Samadani and Dr. Molly Hubbard.

Twin Cities Regional Science Fair

·      United States Army Award

·      Top ribbon, signifying qualification to the Minnesota State Science Fair Competition

State Science and Engineering Fair 

·      1st place Grand Award

·      Beckman Coulter Science Award for 1st Place High School Project

·      Wolfram Research Mathematica Software Award for 1st Place