Rochester, Minnesota Clinical Profile


Summary Allen W. Brown, MD studies the process of providing medical rehabilitation care to individuals after their brain function has been altered by injury or disease. The long term goal of Dr. Brown's research is to improve participation in roles meaningful to these individuals through testing of rehabilitation models of care in the real world. Dr. Brown's research team works within the communities of the upper Midwest to study population-based epidemiology of brain injury (such as incidence, cost, survival), new interventions for improving walking after stroke and negotiating public transportation using smart phone technology, and community-based randomized clinical trials of complex clinical interventions to improve advocacy skill and quality of life after brain injury. Focus areas Do injuries in addition to traumatic brain injury (TBI) affect long term survival after TBI? Yes. Using the resources of the Rochester Epidemiology Project, Dr. Brown's team showed that for individuals who survive 6 months after a traumatic injury causing TBI and other injuries, there is no difference in long-term survival when compared to population-matched individuals who had the same severity of non-head injury but no TBI. Do individuals with stroke improve walking speed and distance when provided specialize feedback about their physical activity when hospitalized for rehabilitation? As part of an international clinical trial network, Dr. Brown's team has investigated the benefit of using personal activity monitors to provide detailed feedback about physical activity and progress during inpatient rehabilitation after stroke. Can smart phone technology assist individuals with cognitive impairment negotiate public transportation? In collaboration with a biotechnology company, Dr. Brown is discovering whether smart phone technology that provides public bus information, real-time feedback, and tracking data can assist individuals with cognitive impairment to improve their independence in navigating within their communities. Can a specialized brain rehabilitation model of care provided remotely to individuals after hospitalization for TBI improve capacity, access, and outcome in the upper Midwest? As a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center continuously since 1998, the goal of the CONNECT clinical trial is to test a model of care that delivers specialized brain rehabilitation resources to patients and providers in underserved locations. It is the first study of this scope - four states (MN, IA, ND, SD), three health systems and two state departments of health - using electronic technology to improve care with no face-to-face contact. Significance to patient care Dr. Brown's team designs community-based clinical trials so that the results can be immediately applied to clinical care in the real world, because the clinical intervention was tested in the communities in which it will be used. Research collaborators are community organizations, state agencies, and local providers who are involved in both the design and implementation of the research, making the process translational.


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Primary Appointment

  1. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Academic Rank

  1. Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


  1. Mayo Clinic Scholar - Postdoctoral Fellow, cerebrovascular research, Department of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Karolinska Institute
  2. Residency - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. Transitional Internship Gunderson Clinic/Lutheran Hospital
  4. MD University of Minnesota Medical School
  5. BA - Physiology University of Minnesota
  6. BMus - Composition Berklee College of Music

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