October 11, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have been awarded two grants totaling $4.8 million to support traumatic brain injury and neuroscience research at Ohio State’s Neurological Institute.

With the first award, the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research to study the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Ohio State’s Ohio Regional TBI Model System was one of 16 centers nationally that were funded to continue examining the initial recovery and lifelong changes that result from traumatic brain injury.

Jennifer Bogner is the principal investigator, John Corrigan is the co-principal investigator and Sheital Bavishi is the medical director. The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team at Dodd Hall plays a pivotal role in supporting this research, as do the trauma services of the Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, OhioHealth’s Grant Medical Center and Riverside Methodist Hospitals, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Mount Carmel Health System.

The Ohio Regional TBI Model System was first funded in 1997, and is the longest continuously funded TBI Model System in the country. During that time, Ohio State has recruited more than 1,150 patients into a national dataset that follows people from their injury throughout their lifespan.

Participants in the TBI Model System research program are recruited from the Brain Injury Unit at the Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Unit at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio, which is part of the Mercy Health system. St. Rita’s Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Unit is the primary provider of inpatient rehabilitation services for a 10-county region in northwest Ohio. The addition of St. Rita’s to the Ohio Regional TBI Model System is new for this 5-year grant, and will assure that research participants are representative of both metropolitan and rural communities.

With the second award, the Ohio State University Neuroscience Center Core received a four-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to support research into the causes and treatments of neurological disorders. The core facilities provide access to specialized services that would be costly, impractical or impossible to duplicate in individual laboratories. By centralizing equipment and expertise in these core facilities, the core center maximizes the quality and efficiency of neuroscience research on the Ohio State University campus, ensuring uniform application of best practices and encouraging the adoption of a broader range of technical approaches by individual investigators.  Anthony Brown is the principal investigator and the co-principal investigators are Candice Askwith, Dana McTigue and Randy Nelson.

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Media Contact: Eileen Scahill, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Media Relations, 614-293-3737, Eileen.Scahill@osumc.edu 


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