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National Database

The TBI Model Systems grant award provides 2.15 million to the Brain Injury Research Center (BIRC) to fund research on TBI over the next five years. These funds will support three main activities.

First, BIRC will contribute data on the natural history of TBI to the TBI Model Systems National Database. This database contains data on more than 7,500 people with TBI from all of the TBI Model Systems sites.

Various analyses of this huge database have resulted in new discoveries regarding, but not limited to:

  • Time course of recovery after TBI
  • Factors that predict recovery after TBI
  • Medical complications seen in persons with TBI
  • Effects of race and ethnicity on recovery after TBI

As participants in the TBI Model Systems program, Mark Sherer, Ph.D., projects director and principal investigator for the grant; and co-principal investigators Angelle Sander, Ph.D.; and Margaret Struchen, Ph.D.; will have access to this database to conduct investigations of TBI.

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems program at TIRR Memorial Hermann, one of the premiere traumatic brain injury facilities in the world, will study patients with traumatic brain injury and traumatic head injury. The program will also study traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury rehab and head injury. Other portions of the program will include brain injury, research, communication and brain injury, sexuality and brain injury, and acquired brain injury, as well as focus on outcomes.