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The traumatic brain injury (TBI) clinical and research program, overseen by Allen W. Brown, M.D., at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., is designated as a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System 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 (90DP0030).

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

The 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. They include:

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