A recent news release reports that Craig Hospital, Englewood, Colo, was recently designated for the Rocky Mountain Region as a Model Systems Center (MS) for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Rehabilitation and Research. The designation, awarded to Craig Hospital by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), includes a $2.2 million grant over the next 5 years to conduct TBI research. Craig Hospital adds that it has received the designation as a TBI Model System consecutively since 1998.

Two of Craig Hospital’s largest research projects slated for 2012 to 2017 include a project that will focus on home-based virtual reality treatment for chronic balance problems in adult TBI patients and a second project targeting improvement in well-being following TBI through structured volunteer activity. 

Cynthia Harrison-Felix, PhD, one of the project directors for the  Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury (RMRBIS), emphasizes that, “We are excited to launch these new research studies in our efforts to develop and test new treatments to reduce the effects of TBI and improve the lives of these individuals.”

The release notes that the RMRBIS is comprised of five acute trauma centers including St. Anthony Hospital, Swedish Medical Center, Denver Health Medical Center, Littleton Adventist Hospital, and Medical Center of the Rockies. The RMRBIS also includes four long-term acute hospitals, Select Specialty Hospital, Kindred Hospital, Colorado Acute Hospital, and Vibra Hospital. Craig Hospital’s rehabilitation and lifetime follow-up services round out the RMRBIS.

[Source: Craig Hospital]