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$2.2M Awarded to Ohio State University for Traumatic Brain Injury Research

The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center was awarded a five-year, $2,237,500 grant by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to study the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Ohio State’s “Ohio Regional TBI Model System” was one of 16 centers nationally that were funded to continue examine the initial recovery and lifelong changes that result from TBI.

TBI results from a blow to the head, the head hitting something or violent shaking, that is of sufficient force to disrupt normal functioning of the brain. TBIs range from very mild to life threatening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.7 million Americans each year receive medical care for a TBI. Seventy-five percent of these injuries are concussions or mild TBIs. In the last five years greater public attention to TBI has resulted from increased awareness about military service members incurring TBIs in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as concussions experienced by athletes.

The Ohio Regional TBI Model System was first funded in 1997 and will now be continuously funded as a Model Systems Center through 2017 (NIDRR #H133A120086 for 10/1/12-9/30/17). Over the past 15 years as a TBI Model Systems Program, OSU has recruited over 900 patients into the TBI Model Systems National Dataset that follows people from their injury throughout their lifespan. After discharge from rehabilitation, all patients are re-contacted periodically to determine how they are doing and if they have changed since their initial recovery. The National Dataset includes over 11,000 patients nationwide and has followed some as long as 20 years. OSU is the largest contributor to the National Dataset among those chosen for continued funding.

The TBI Model Systems National Dataset is the most developed source of longitudinal information about recovery from TBI in the U.S. or internationally. The number of patients enrolled and the longevity of the data about them has led to multiple collaborations with other federal programs concerned about lifetime effects of TBI, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense.

John D. Corrigan, PhD, is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Ohio Regional TBI Model System, Jennifer Bogner, PhD, is the co-PI and Director of Research, W. Jerry Mysiw, MD, is the Medical Director, and Joe Rosenthal, MD, is the co-Medical Director. The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team at Dodd Hall plays a pivotal role in supporting this research, as do the trauma services of the Wexner Medical Center, Ohio Health’s Grant Medical Center and Riverside Methodist Hospitals, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Mount Carmel Health System.

The Ohio Regional TBI Model System has made multiple, valuable contributions to the TBI Model Systems via local and multi-center research projects and participation in leadership positions among the Model Systems Centers. During the recently concluded five-year funding cycle, Dr. Corrigan was elected by his fellow Project Directors to Chair the TBI Model Systems Executive Committee. Among other responsibilities, he represents the centers' concerns to the public, elected officials, NIDRR and other federal programs concerned with the long-term effects of TBI.

More information can be found at http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/rehabilitation/research. Please contact Monica Lichi, Program Director, (Monica.Lichi@osumc.edu, 614-293-3802) with any questions.

This website has been funded with financial assistance from Grant #H133A120086 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to the Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation for the current funding period of 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2017.