EAST HANOVER, N.J. (PRWEB)
November 29, 2017
The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) has awarded Kessler Foundation a $2.23 million, five-year grant to fund the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS) The NNJTBIS is a comprehensive system of clinical care, research, information and resource dissemination aimed at improving quality of life for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The NNJTBIS is a collaborative effort of Kessler Foundation, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, and five area trauma centers.
This marks the fourth five-year TBI Model System grant that Kessler has received from NIDILRR.
“We are honored to be among the 16 model system grantees of this grant cycle,” said Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, project director of the NNJTBIS and director of TBI Research at Kessler Foundation. “This grant allows us to continue to improve rehabilitation treatment and outcomes for individuals with TBI, their families and caregivers, as well as to educate health care professionals and the general public about the medical, psychological, social and emotional effects of TBI.
Each model system enrolls individuals at the time of their injury, and collects long-term data on their recovery. “These data guide our research aimed at developing effective evidence-based rehabilitation interventions for people with common cognitive sequelae of TBI,” Dr. Chiaravalloti commented. “Deficits in memory, learning, and emotional processing can adversely affect their participation in the community by causing difficulties with interpersonal relationships at home, in school, and in the workplace.”
All 16 model systems contribute their data to the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center (TBINDSC). These summary data are used to identify areas in need of investigation.
“Recovery after TBI is often a lengthy process that requires expert rehabilitation care,” said Neil N. Jasey, Jr., MD, medical director of the NNJTBIMS, and director of brain injury rehabilitation at Kessler Institute. “Being part of the TBI Model System enables us to deliver a comprehensive program of specialized care and treatment to best address the…