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Research

Pennsylvania is fortunate to have one of the 14 Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems of Care in the nation at MossRehab in Philadelphia. A Model System is a center of excellence for both treatment and research related to a particular disability. It is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the U.S. Department of Education. NIDRR gives Model System awards to centers with a strong track record of excellent clinical care and treatment. The ability to carry out a program of research on outcome prediction and treatment. Each Model System's data  is added to the national database that contains data from thousands of people with TBI. This database is used to study the factors that predict recovery and outcomes of TBI. More information on the national database and the published articles based upon it may be found at the TBIMS national web site: www.tbindc.org.
In addition to its treatment and research activities, a Model System includes:

  • An Advisory Council made up of treatment staff, former patients and members of their families, and community members who are helping us improve our clinical services, research efforts, and educational/outreach activities.
  • Extra follow-up services to keep better track of patients who are out of the hospital, to make sure they get the services they need.
  • Conferences for persons with brain injury, their families, and professionals in the field, run by  the TBIMS in collaboration with other rehabilitation facilities and the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania.

In addition to this TBI Model System,  Pennsylvania also has 3 Centers for Brain Injury Research, with funding from the National Institutes of Health. These centers are located at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.




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