BRAIN Center

Brain Rehabilitation, Advanced Imaging, and Neuroscience (BRAIN)

Over the past decade, a notable rise has occurred in research to address serious gaps in knowledge about acquired brain injury, including neuroimaging, neurogenetics, outcome measurement, and intervention studies to improve function. Yet brain injury researchers have not yet established solid links between these research agendas, a crucial element for advancing the evidence base to improve treatment outcomes.

The Brain Rehabilitation, Advanced Imaging, and Neuroscience Center seeks to fill these gaps in neuroscience by bringing together an interdisciplinary team of researchers to advance basic science and clinical knowledge to the next level of integration, translate the knowledge gained directly into clinical care for improved patient outcomes, and use the newly integrated knowledge to drive the leading edge of translational research.

This Center represents a unique collaboration among clinical and basic science researchers affiliated with the IU Neuroscience Center. Critical components of rigorous research in this area include the capacity to develop precision behavioral measurement tools and to identify replicable neurophysiologic markers that correlate with behavioral processes. The advanced imaging and genetic assessment capabilities of the IU Center for Neuroimaging and the IU School of Medicine Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics provide important resources for this research agenda. The newly opened InterFACE Center offers another important resource for the physiological and behavioral assessment of research participants using multiple assessment modalities.

A number of IUPUI and IU School of Medicine researchers contribute to the mission of this center, including faculty from the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics and Biomedical Engineering. The Center’s Executive Steering Committee consists of Flora Hammond, MD, James Malec, PhD, Andrew Saykin, PsyDThomas McAllister, MD, R. Ben Rodgers, MD, Brenna McDonald, PsyD, Dawn Neumann, PhD and Heather Cero, RN (Neurosurgical Nursing).