The New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System is a part of the Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai (BIRC-MS). The TBI Model System conducts research and provides a comprehensive program of health care to meet the diverse needs of persons who have experienced a traumatic brain injury. The NY TBI Model System is one of 16 in the U.S. and the only one in the New York metropolitan area. The current funding of the NY TBI Model System began in late 2002. The staff of the NY-TBI-MS and the BIRC-MS focus on the same goal: enhancing quality of life of individuals who have experienced a TBI.
Each Model System across the country is recognized not only as a center of excellence in clinical care of individuals with TBI, but also in conducting research on TBI and in disseminating information about TBI to professionals and consumers. Model Systems are provided funding by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, within the U.S. Department of Education.
The research program of the NY TBI Model System currently includes two research projects: one focuses on alleviation of post-TBI depression and the second on fatigue after traumatic brain injury.
A research activity common to all of the TBI model systems across the U.S. is collecting basic information from individuals with TBI who receive services within the model systems. Each person served is requested to volunteer as a participant in this data collection. Basic data about the patient’s functioning are obtained during the person’s hospital stay and and then at regular intervals thereafter. These data from people with TBI across the country are then used by researchers to answer basic questions about outcomes of brain injury.
The NY TBI Model System is also engaging in a major program aimed at dissemination of information about TBI to individuals with TBI, their family members and health care professionals.
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
- 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
1425 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10029
Tel: (212) 659-9372
Fax: (212) 348-5901
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