The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Integration of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury at TIRR

TIRR Memorial Hermann Traumatic Brain Injury Model System

TIRR Memorial Hermann has been designated as a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System with funding by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The NIDRR TBI Model Systems program began in 1987 and is the largest research program on recovery from TBI in the world. The TBI Model Systems study database is the largest database on traumatic brain injury.

The three components of the TBI Model System are:

Collaborative Efforts

As part of this TBI Model System grant competition, each applicant submitted a proposal for a collaborative project that would involve at least three other TBI Model System sites. The TIRR Memorial Hermann proposal was for a project to explore how sexuality is affected by traumatic brain injury, both directly and indirectly. 

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems program at TIRR Memorial Hermann, one of the premiere traumatic brain injury facilities in the world, will study patients with traumatic brain injury and traumatic head injury. The program will also study traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury rehab and head injury. Other portions of the program will include brain injury, research, communication and brain injury, sexuality and brain injury, and acquired brain injury, as well as focus on outcomes.

TBI Model Systems Program Goals

The overall goal of the TBI Model Systems program is to conduct research aimed at improving quality of care and outcomes for patients recovering from TBI. Within the program, individuals with TBI who consent to participate in the study are followed for many years after their injuries; some have been followed for more than 18 years.

This program is designed, in part, to help us better understand what goes on in the long-term recovery of persons with TBI. In addition to the long-term follow-up that is conducted as part of the study, each center has additional research projects designed to address specific issues about TBI, including looking at how different treatments might help improve recovery and community participation. However, since the TBI Model Systems program is a research program, these grants do not provide support for direct clinical care.