The Mount Sinai Injury Control Research Center (MS-ICRC) is part of the Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai. It draws in relevant expertise from and participation of a variety of disciplines within Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (neuropsychology, sociology, physiatry, preventive medicine), as well as from other institutions (Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, JFK Rehabilitation Institute of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). The staff of the MS-ICRC and the BIRC-MS focus on the same goal: enhancing quality of life of individuals who have experienced TBI. The sole focus is on secondary and tertiary prevention, that is, on minimizing the effects of injury once a person has experienced a TBI.
The research program is aimed at developing: (1) better rehabilitation interventions, (2) an approach to better identify those individuals with "hidden" TBI, and (3) a method to identify the long-term needs of individuals with TBI. Additionally, funds are made available to support seed projects, as a means of bolstering the injury control structure of researchers within New York and the surrounding region.
In addition, a comprehensive approach to knowledge translation and outreach has been developed, including outreach to professionals and to consumers. With respect to the former, programs for training pre- and post-doctoral researchers is being implemented, as are efforts to shape curricula within Ichan School of Medicine to address injury control/prevention objectives. A Web site, educational materials for individuals with TBI, as well as professionally oriented dissemination are also being conducted. The results emerging from the ICRC are being disseminated through extensive knowledge translation activities.
The ICRC is funded for a five-year period (September 1, 2007 - August 31, 2012) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Grant No. 1R 49CE 001171-01, to the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Ichan School of Medicine).
A variety of resources are 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
- Opportunities to participate in clinical trials of new treatments and other research aimed at expanding our knowledge about people with brain injuries
- 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
1425 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10029
Tel: (212) 659-9372
Fax: (212) 348-5901
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