Brain Injury Research Program
The major goal of the Brain Injury Research Program is to encourage collaboration among the various scientific disciplines that contribute to increasing our knowledge about the human brain, in order to improve the range and specificity of treatments available to patients entering the facilities of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The program includes research devoted to: the effects of genetic predisposition on outcome, the use of structural neuroimaging to identify the location and extent of brain damage, the use of functional neuroimaging to observe the human brain "in action" while patients perform tasks, the study of how individuals attend to space and information in their environments, the understanding of memory and its impairments, the identification of key social abilities that improve outcomes in patients, and the determination of how plans, ideas, and decisions are formed and executed. All research efforts are concerned with understanding neuroplasticity and improving recovery of function.
Director, Brain Injury Research