Brain Rehabilitation

The brain rehabilitation research group is composed of a multidisciplinary team with members from the departments of psychiatry and psychology, nursing, physical medicine, rehabilitation, neurology, and social services.

This center has been successfully refunded as a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS) Research Program, contributing patients to the TBIMS national database and collaborating in analyses of this dataset.

Collaborative research between the Mayo Clinic program and other funded centers (a total of 16 nationally) involves a variety of studies, such as post-traumatic headaches and sexuality after traumatic brain injury. The research group networks with academic institutions and agencies doing similar research, including regional departments of health, human services and vocational rehabilitation, the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and alliances in surrounding states, and regional veterans affairs medical centers.


A first-of-its-kind study is being conducted to remotely connect individuals hospitalized for traumatic brain injury, their families and local health care providers. This specialized brain rehabilitation project uses both traditional and customized information and communication technology.

Internal collaborators include Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. External collaborators include the Minnesota Department of Health, Iowa Department of Health, Sanford Health in North Dakota and Regional Health in South Dakota.

The goal is to test the extent to which a complex brain rehabilitation intervention remotely improves participation outcomes and satisfaction compared with a matched group receiving the usual care in their communities.



Investigator & Role Grant Title Funding Source Duration
Allen W. Brown, M.D., principal investigator System to Improve Transportation Access for the Cognitively Impaired National Institutes of Health 06/2012-02/2014
Allen W. Brown, M.D., principal investigator Mayo Clinic Traumatic Brain Injury Model System National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research 10/2012-09/2017