About The Mount Sinai Injury Control Research Center (MS-ICRC)
The Mount Sinai Injury Control Research Center (MS-ICRC) is housed within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The MS-ICRC has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2007, with current funding available through 2017. The mission of the MS-ICRC is focused on reducing the impact of TBI to improve quality of life after injury. In our recent work, a second area of emphasis has been added: prevention of violence in high-risk populations (with TBI or not). This new emphasis builds upon the evidence that many people involved in criminal behavior have had one or more TBIs, often unrecognized and untreated.
The MS-ICRC is pursuing three paths: (1) building the knowledge base, (2) developing and evaluating interventions, and (3) supporting the expansion of systematic screening to identify individuals with “hidden” TBI, i.e., people who are unaware that the long-term symptoms they are experiencing are probably due to one or more TBIs, and who, because of their failure to causally link a possible/probable injury to its consequences, also fail to seek or find appropriate treatment or help of any kind, which exacerbates their injury-related problems and symptoms.
In addressing our mission, our Research Program will conduct four studies (2012-2017):
- In 2012-2015, we will evaluate the impact of a behavioral intervention to reduce violence and recidivism amongst youth, with and without TBI, who are on parole in the state of Texas. This study “translates” an intervention the MS-ICRC developed for an adult TBI population, for use with adolescents at risk for continuing criminal behavior, including violent behavior.
- During the same years we will conduct a preliminary investigation to shape future research on post-TBI health issues associated with accelerated aging and pre-mature death, documented in many people injured after age 45.
- In 2015-2017 we will do an analysis of a database developed by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, to explore the relationship between youth criminality and TBI, focusing on violent offenses.
- The final project, also to be conducted during the last two years of the current funding cycle, is a longitudinal study of all college athletes at St. John’s University in NYC, which will document lifetime history of self-reported concussions at time of college admission and will then prospectively document concussions sustained during college, both on and off the field. Participants will be followed yearly to examine the medium- to long-term consequences of concussions, for example, on academic performance, post-college employment, alcohol and substance use and mood
The MS-ICRC is also engaging in three types of outreach activity: Professional Training, Education and Technical Assistance; Outreach to Lay Constituencies; and Policy Advocacy.
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