About the System

The Traumatic Brain Injury Model System overseen by Allen W. Brown, M.D., at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota., is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and has been funded continuously since 1998. It is one of 16 facilities in the United States supported by an NIDILRR-funded grant (90DP003).

The Traumatic Brain Injury Model System is directly aligned with the NIDILRR mission of improving the lives of individuals who experience traumatic brain injury (TBI), their families and communities. Mayo Clinic's Traumatic Brain Injury Model System creates and disseminates knowledge about the natural course of recovery, rehabilitation treatment and outcomes following TBI.

The Traumatic Brain Injury Model System's goal is to study the course of long-term recovery after TBI, as well as to develop, provide and evaluate innovative services that address identified needs for coordination and community reintegration.

Services are provided along the continuum of care and include:

  • Social integration
  • Health and function
  • Employment and independent living of individuals of all ages with disabilities related to traumatic brain injury

The Traumatic Brain Injury Model System focuses on clinical research concerning epidemiology, practice management models, treatment outcomes, community-based randomized clinical trials of behavioral interventions and remotely providing cognitive rehabilitation to individuals with traumatic brain injury.

The systems' research has produced dozens of publications and hundreds of presentations, bringing to prominence Mayo Clinic's status as an internationally recognized brain rehabilitation program.

Mayo Clinic's Traumatic Brain Injury Model System has consistently achieved program goals and objectives in major areas of research, clinical practice, program operation, collaboration and dissemination.

The system remains poised to make substantial and highly innovative contributions to the field of brain injury research and clinical care focused on the needs of individuals with TBI and their families, as directed by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, including helping individuals from traditionally underserved populations.