In a recent news release, the Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai announced that it has been chosen as the recipient of two prestigious grants intended to fund traumatic brain injury (TBI) research during the next 5 years. 

The first of the grants, a $4.5 million grant awarded to the center by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will reportedly support four research projects centered on secondary and tertiary prevention of TBI, training programs for graduate students, and professionals in the field. The grant will also fund outreach activities for professionals and consumers.

The second $2.15 million grant in continued funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research will support the Mount Sinai TBI Model System, the release notes. The model system conducts research and offers a comprehensive program health care in order to meet the diverse needs of TBI patients.

Mount Sinai reports that Wayne Gordon, PhD, Jack Nash Professor, vice chair of the department of rehabilitation medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and chief of the rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology service, will serve as the principal investigator on both grants. 

Gordon emphasizes that each study funded by the grants will place a primary focus on advancing knowledge about the biological and behavioral effects of TBI. “Ultimately, the data we gather could help us develop more effective treatments for the behavioral consequences of TBI, understand factors associated with accelerated aging in individuals with TBI and begin to develop approaches to the long-term management of individuals with TBI as a chronic disease,” Gordon says.

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Source: Mount Sinai Medical Center