The Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai (BIRC-MS) has a primary focus on conducting research addressing the challenges of traumatic brain injury, or TBI.
Our recent research has focused on testing the effectiveness of treatment interventions on the cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning of people with brain injuries. We are also involved in several activities aimed at better identifying people with “hidden” brain injuries – where people have disabilities due to a brain injury, but are unaware of the causal link between an injury to the brain they have experienced and current problems in daily life.
A major part of BIRC-MS activity is sharing research results with others through outreach to the field, sharing information with people with disabilities and their families, training future researchers and taking actions to affect policy. It does this primarily through Federal grants:
- The New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (NYTBIMS)
- The Mount Sinai Injury Control Research Center (MS-ICRC)
The first of these programs is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; the second is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through awards to the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai. BIRC-MS activities are also supported through the generosity of the John Blair Haldeman Endowed Fund.
A variety of resources are made available for professionals and for people with TBI and their families through the Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai:
- Professional training, including postdoctoral fellowships and predoctoral internships
- Information about clinical care for TBI within the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center
- Opportunities to participate in clinical trials of new treatments
- TBI-related publications and technical assistance
- Web resources outside of the BIRC-MS Web site
- Tips for people new to using the Internet
- Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) relevant to TBI
Wayne A. Gordon, Ph.D., Center Director
Icahn School of Medicine
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Box 1240
3 East 101st Street
New York, New York 10029
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