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Contact: Jeanne Bernard
The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Mount Sinai's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine receives $6.65 million in funding

The Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai has received two prestigious grants totaling $6.65 million to fund research on traumatic brain injury (TBI) over the next five years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded the center a $4.5 million grant in continued support of the Mount Sinai Injury Control Research Center. The grant will support four research projects focused on secondary and tertiary prevention of TBI, training programs for graduate students and professionals in the field, as well as outreach activities for professionals and consumers. Additionally. it received $2.15 million in continued funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to support the Mount Sinai TBI Model System which conducts research and provides a comprehensive program of health care to meet the diverse needs of persons who have experienced a TBI.

The principal investigator on both grants is Wayne Gordon, PhD, Jack Nash Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Chief of the Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology service.

The Mount Sinai Injury Control Research Center was initially funded in 2007 by the CDC. The grant renewal will fund the four new research projects through 2017. Mount Sinai is partnering with the Texas Office of Acquired Brain Injury in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for two of the studies.

"All of these studies focus on advancing our knowledge of the biological and behavioral effects of TBI. Ultimately, the data we gather could help us develop more effective treatments for the behavioral consequences of TBI, understand factors associated with accelerated aging in individuals with TBI and begin to develop approaches to the long-term management of individuals with TBI within the newly emerging paradigm of TBI as a chronic illness." said Dr. Gordon.

The grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, which has funded The Mount Sinai TBI Model System since 2002, will support three projects:

"If successful, these innovative approaches to treatment could have a profound impact on patients who experience post-TBI emotional dysregulation or fatigue," said Dr. Gordon. "If found to be effective in individuals with TBI, we hope that these low-cost interventions will be used by other rehabilitation programs across the country and internationally."


About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 14th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation's top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and by U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place.

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