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Ohio Regional Model System

The Ohio Regional TBI Model System was first funded in 1997 and was selected to continue as a TBI Model Systems Center through 2017 (NIDRR #H133A120086, 10/1/12-9/30/17). The Ohio Regional TBI Model System is located in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Ohio State University Medical Center. John D. Corrigan, PhD, is the Principal Investigator (PI), Jennifer Bogner, PhD, is the co-PI and Director of Research, and W. Jerry Mysiw, MD, is the Medical Director. The project operates under the umbrella of the Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, which provides a means for consumer participation via its 35-member Advisory Council. Composed of consumers and professionals from a multi-state region, the Advisory Council prioritizes needs, reviews funding opportunities, participates in grant implementation, monitors progress and evaluates program outcomes.

The Ohio Regional TBI Model System serves a catchment area consisting of 2.5 million people in a 25-county area covering central and southern Ohio. All three Level I trauma centers in the region, and one of two Level II centers, are participants in the Ohio Regional TBI Model System. Brain injury rehabilitation is provided in the 24-bed, CARF-accredited, specialized Brain Injury Unit in the OSU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Post-acute treatment and follow-up are provided through the department's Brain Injury Clinic, the outpatient NeuroRehabilitation program, and the TBI Network, a specialized treatment program for persons with TBI and substance use disorders. 

Over the past 16 years of its involvement in the TBI Model Systems Program, the Ohio Regional TBI Model System has recruited over 1,000 patients into the National Dataset.  As of 2013, 537 five-year follow-up interviews were completed, 250 ten-year follow-up interviews were completed, and 36 fifteen-year follow-up interviews were completed.

The Ohio Regional TBI Model System has made other valuable contributions to the TBI Model Systems via local and multi-center research projects and participation in leadership positions among the Model Systems Centers. For the current 5-year cycle of funding, Dr. Corrigan has been 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, funding bodies and other national organizations concerned with the long-term effects of TBI.

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.