Research


BIAC is proud to support research that ultimately benefits the brain injury community. Research and reports on brain injury lead to an expansion of knowledge to help recognize, respond and recover from brain injury. Research study articles, and IRB approved research studies which are seeking study participants, are available below.

RESEARCH

The CDC has made recommendations to Congress in it's report, Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Epidemiology and Rehabilitation,  addressing the critical gaps related to improving estimates of TBI incidence; Enhancing measures used to evaluate rehabilitation success; and Improving TBI rehabilitation research and expanding service deliveryThis Report helps shine a spotlight on what is needed to improve TBI rehabilitation services, access to care, and quality of life for people living with TBI, and their loved ones.

This Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation article examines the prevalence of TBI among young offenders in custody.

Current Research Studies

If you are conducting an IRB approved research study and you would like to be included on our website, please email an abbreviated version of your recruitment flyer/information, along with your contact information to Bonnie at bmeyers@biact.org

Study Relating to Adult Stem Cells and Brain Injury (Post Date 2/10/16)

The New England Institute for Neurology & Headache is partnering with SanBio, Sunovion, Advanced Radiology and New York University Department of Neurosurgery, in a Phase II study of infusion of adult stem cells into the brains of patients who have suffered either a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or a stroke, and have motor deficits.

The Institute is looking for adults who have had a TBI within the last three years, or a stroke in the last five years.  After baseline testing and MR imaging (both conventional and diffusion tensor imaging), subjects will be randomized to either one of several doses of stems cells, or placebo (1:1:1 ratio). The cells will be delivered via a tiny burr hole contralateral to their paretic side, a brief procedure performed using local anesthetic and light conscious sedation. The primary outcome measure is the Fugal-Meyer test, and there are multiple secondary and exploratory endpoints including timed walks, cognitive and speech measures, subject and investigator global impressions of outcome, and quality of life indices. Outcomes in earlier studies appear very encouraging.

The study is free, and subjects will receive compensation for time and travel. The burr hole procedure will be performed at NYU Langone Medical Center, the imaging in Fairfield, Connecticut, and all other measures at our Stamford, Connecticut research facility. We can provide transportation to all study visits.  If you have or know of patients who may be interested in this ground-breaking study, please contact me, or have the patient/family contact the Institute at 203-914-1900, or at www.NEICR.com

 

Intensive and Integrated Language & Cognitive Treatment Program - (Posted 7/27/17)

Treatment opportunities at Boston University Sargent College for individuals who have had a stroke or a brain injury. At the Aphasia Research Laboratory, we are piloting a new program integrating impairment intervention in a functional context as part of an intensiverehabilitation program. Potential eligible participants will sign up for a 15 week rehabilitation program where they will attend therapy four days a week from 10:00am – 4:00 pm each day. The program integrates typical classroom-style lectures with individual rehabilitation, reviewing of meta-cognitive strategies, and functional skills training.  BU is looking for individuals with brain injury who present with language and/or cognitive deficits and who might benefit from such an intensive treatment program and who are interested in pursuing or continuing higher education.  Contact: Swathi Kiran, Ph.D CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Rm 321, Speech Language and Hearing Sciences, Boston University Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215, Phone: (617)-358-5478, Fax: (617)-353-5074, Email: kirans@bu.edu

Brain Injury and Domestic Violence
(Posted Date 11/29/16)

Trinity College is studying whether survivors of domestic violence experience traumatic brain injury.  If you are a survivor of domestic violence or interpersonal violence you may be eligible to participate.  You will be asked to take some tests to determine if you are experiencing attention and memory deficits.  You will be compensated for your time with gift cards to either Wal-Mart or Stop and Shop at the rate of $20 per hour.  Your total participation will be about 3 hours.   If you would like additional information please feel free to contact the research assistant, Olivia DeJoie at olivia.dejoie@trincoll.edu or 860-297-5188.

Study Relating to Cognitive Rehabilitation After TBI 
(Post Date 11/29/16)

Trinity College and The Olin Neuropsychiatric Research Center at the Institute of Living are conducting a study on cognitive rehabilitation after brain injury.

Did you have a traumatic brain injury? Do you have difficulty with memory? Are you between the ages of 20-55, English speaking and otherwise healthy? If so, you may be eligible to volunteer for a study to see whether cognitive rehabilitation treatment can help improve your memory.
 
All treatment is with paper or computer; it does not involve any medications or medical procedures.
 
You will be asked to take an fMRI of your brain and participate in cognitive rehabilitation once per week for one hour over 8 weeks. 
 
For participating in this study, you will be compensated a standard rate of $20 per hour in gift cards, up to a total of $160 if all appointments for the study are complete.
 
The study is being supervised by Sarah Raskin, PhD and Michael Stevens, PhD.  The treatment takes place at Trinity College and the fMRI is at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT.
 
If you would like additional information about this study, please feel free to contact the research assistant, Jasmin Williams at (860) 297-5188 or by email at jasmin.williams@trincoll.edu. Thank you again for considering this research opportunity.

Study Relating to Aphasia and Traumamtic Brain Injury

(Post Date 7/6/16)

Southern CT State University - Speech Language Pathology Department is conducting research on Aphasia and TBI.

Currently recruiting individuals with aphasia due to a traumatic brain injury, and their communication partner to participate in a research study aimed to improve communication between the pair.  Both the person with aphasia and the communication partner must participate in the project together.  The treatment will be one hour per week for ten weeks and will focus on teaching strategies the partner can use to make communication easier.

For more information, please contact:

Sara McLean

Graduate student at Southern Connecticut State University

(603) 531-9920

saracmclean@gmail.com