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The interFACE Lab

The interFACE Lab The Interactive and Functional Assessment of Communication and Emotion (InterFACE) Center is a natural observation laboratory designed to research emotional and behavioral deficits in people with neurological,… Read More


TrackTBI Investigator: Richard Rodgers, MD TRACK-TBI:  The multicenter Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI) study aims to improve success of clinical trial design through the collection and analysis of… Read More

Training to Reconnect with emotional awareness therapy

Training to Reconnect with emotional awareness therapy (TREAT) Investigators: Dawn Neumann, Flora Hammond The purpose of this study is to teach participants with traumatic brain injury to develop better emotional… Read More

Avanir Study

Avanir Study Sheryl Katta-Charles MD, Principal Investigator A Phase 2, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to assess the efficacy, safety and tolerability or AVP-786 (deudextromethorphan hydrobromide [d6-DM]/quinidine sulfate [Q]) for… Read More

Monitoring Safety and Training in Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

Long-Term, Prospective, Non-Interventional Study Monitoring Safety and Training in Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries and Their Trained Companions Recently Initiated with the ReWalk™ Personal Device. Flora Hammond, MD (PI), funded… Read More

2016 Robert L. Moody Prize Award Recipient February 15th, 2016

2016 Robert L. Moody Prize

Dr. Flora Hammond has been awarded the 2016 Robert L. Moody Prize of Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation. 

The Moody Prize is awarded by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, The Transitional Learning Center of Galveston, and UTMB Center for Rehabilitation Sciences each year to honor and recognize individuals or a team of individuals who have made significant contributions in applied brain injury research and rehabilitation.  The award recognizes Dr. Hammond’s many contributions in the field of brain injury rehabilitation, including her contributions in science, clinical care, professional development, and advocacy. 

As summarized by one of her colleagues: “Dr. Hammond is one of the most – perhaps THE most – productive clinical translational researchers in brain injury rehabilitation working today.”  Dr. Hammond is a “leader among leaders” in the world of brain injury research. 

Flora M. Hammond, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Indiana University School of Medicine; as well as Chief of Medical Affairs and Medical Director at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. She has been a Project Director for the Traumatic Brain Injury Model System since 1998 (funded by the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research). Prior to selection for the 2016 Robert L. Moody Prize, Flora has received local and national awards for her teaching, clinical care and research, including the 2001 Association of Academic Physiatrists Young Academician Award, the 2011 Brain Injury Association of America William Caveness Award, and the 2013 Baylor College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award.  She leads the TBI Model System Aging Special Interest Group, and co-leads the ACRM TBI Longterm Issues Task Force. Dr. Hammond had the opportunity to lead the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Galveston Brain Injury Conferences which focused on changing the view of brain injury as an incident with limited short-term treatment to a chronic condition that must be proactively managed over the course of life. 

Flora has a tireless passion to improve the lives of people with brain injury and their families through research, teaching, and systems change.  Examples of Dr. Hammond’s lines of research include:

  • Brain injury outcome prediction: Questioning the accuracy of outcome predictions widely handed out with (false) confidence in the first days to months after injury.
  • Irritability and aggression: Helping to identify triggers and a wide range of treatments.
  • Aging and change over time after brain injury: Demonstrating that people may improve over time after injury, while some may not change and some may decline.  Armed with her research findings, she encourages individuals with brain injury and their physicians to relentlessly pursue improved function, and she is advocating a change in the national medical model of brain injury care to better meet the lifetime needs after brain injury.
  • Marital relationships: Looking for ways to improve interpersonal relationships after brain injury.
  • Voting: Finding out what obstacles may keep individuals with brain injury from exercising their right to vote.
  • People with brain injury and their families as researchers: Enhancing the relevance of research findings through a research approach (referred to as Participatory Research) were people with brain injury work alongside the scientists to answer questions that impact their lives.