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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2012
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) and Indiana University School of Medicine have been selected as one of only 16 centers in the United States receiving the prestigious designation of being a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System site
INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have designated Indiana University School of Medicine and Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System site. The five-year $2,137,500 grant adds local researchers and physicians to the leading national network of centers studying and treating traumatic brain injury and its impact on the lives of patients and their families.
The program, started in 1988 by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, has created the longest and largest database of long-term information on individuals with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury. Sixteen centers around the country have attained TBI Model System site status.
“This award recognizes that the Indiana University School of Medicine and Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana have an excellent continuum of care, a solid research plan, and world-renowned clinical researchers. It ensures that this partnership can develop a stronger understanding and new treatment methods for people dealing with traumatic brain injuries, while helping current patients by sharing that information with clinicians and researchers worldwide,” said Flora Hammond, chief of medical affairs at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana and Covalt Professor and chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at IU School of Medicine. . Dr. Hammond will be the Director of the new TBI Model System and James F. Malec, PhD will be Co-Director.
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) is an acute care rehabilitation hospital for inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. RHI specializes in brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and comprehensive medical rehabilitation for injuries or illnesses resulting in loss of function. RHI is a community collaboration between Indiana University Health and St. Vincent Health.
“As the sole traumatic brain injury model system site in the state of Indiana, this award further validates best practice in rehabilitation care. It is comforting for RHI patients, acute care hospital physicians, and the Indianapolis community to know that patients with brain injuries, those sustaining strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple trauma, and other injuries or illnesses have available to them outstanding rehabilitation professionals at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana and Indiana University School of Medicine” said Dr. Daniel B. Woloszyn, Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Neuropsychologist at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.
Along with sustaining and contributing to the longitudinal database, centers that are named to the TBI Model Systems program participate in local and collaborative research projects, focusing on the federal agency’s areas of emphasis including employment, health and function, independent living and community integration. The Indianapolis proposal includes the Brain Research in Aggression and Irritability Network (BRAIN), which develops and studies treatment of irritability and aggression caused by brain injuries.
“Irritability and aggression are common problems for individuals with traumatic brain injury and can have a corrosive effect on their interactions with people and their ability stay employed,” said Dr. Hammond.
“Yet, we really don’t have quality measures of their impact. There are a few good studies of treatments, but the standards for managing these problems are inadequate,” she said.
The BRAIN project will include two primary studies that as Dr. Hammond noted, were developed with input from the traumatic brain injury community.
In addition to its research initiative, BRAIN is a comprehensive model service delivery system serving individuals with traumatic brain injury. The system includes prevention and emergency medical services, intensive and acute care, comprehensive medical rehabilitation, long term follow-up, community reintegration and vocational rehabilitation. The system serves more than 70,000 Indiana residents and is expected to enroll more than 70 participants annually into the TBI Model System national database.
For more information on the TBI Model System: BRAIN project contact Sharyl Border, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana at firstname.lastname@example.org, 317-329-2093 (o), 317-373-8564 (c)
About Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) is community collaboration between Indiana University Health and St. Vincent Health. RHI offers a full range of inpatient acute services and outpatient and vocational rehabilitation services for adults with life-changing illness and injuries in brain injury, spinal cord, stroke, amputation, orthopedic conditions, neuromuscular disease, burns and related disabilities. For more information, visit www.rhin.com
About Indiana University School of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine is one of the nation’s premiere medical schools and is a leader and innovator in medical education, research and clinical care. The country’s second largest medical school, IU School of Medicine educates more than 1,600 medical and graduate degree students on nine campuses in Indiana, and its faculty holds more than $254 million in research grants and contracts, to advance the School’s missions and promote life sciences. For more information please visit http://medicine.iu.edu