Leading Concussion Research, Diagnosis and Treatment

Indiana University School of Medicine is recognized as a national leader in the research, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries and mild traumatic brain injuries, also known as concussions.

An estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year, resulting in approximately 52,000 deaths and 275,000 hospitalizations. Through a multidisciplinary approach, faculty investigators at IU School of Medicine and partnering organizations utilize innovative approaches to better understand the causes of concussions, in addition to interventions, to improve the overall treatment and recovery of individuals with TBI.

Education

Education

IU School of Medicine offers exceptional educational opportunities for individuals with an interest in TBI and who have completed their doctorate degree, including training in clinical neurophysiology, residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and fellowship training in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry.
Research

Research

A national leader in in traumatic brain injury research, IU School of Medicine faculty investigators facilitate innovative projects and research aimed at better understanding causes of concussion, recovery and intervention to improve treatment and recovery.
Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

In order to better understand the underlying mechanisms behind traumatic brain injury, active participation by the general population are key for the development of new approaches for the diagnosis, treatment and recovery of TBI.
 

Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Center

Indiana University School of Medicine is home to one of 16 NIH-funded Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems Centers in the United States, providing the highest level of comprehensive and multidisciplinary rehabilitation care that encompasses emergency medical, acute medical, and post-acute services for individuals who have suffered a TBI.

Meet the Experts

Bruce T. Lamb, PhD

Bruce T. Lamb, PhD

Executive Director, Paul and Carole Stark Neurosciences Research Institute
Dr. Lamb’s laboratory works on the basic science of Alzheimer’s disease with a focus on traumatic brain injury as an environmental modifier for the development of Alzheimer’s pathologies.
Flora Hammond, MD

Flora Hammond, MD

Chair, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dr. Hammond serves as the project director of the Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, and her research and advocacy focuses on the long-term issues confronting individuals with disability and treatment effectiveness.
Thomas W. McAllister, MD

Thomas W. McAllister, MD

Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Dr. McAllister has been working in the field of traumatic brain injury (TBI) for more than 25 years and has been the principal investigator on numerous TBI research grants.
 

NCAA and DoD Grand Alliance: CARE Consortium

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) established the NCAA-DoD grand Alliance: Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium to enable the large-scale, multi-site study to shed light on the neurobiological mechanisms of concussion symptoms and trajectory of recovery. IU School of Medicine is one of 30 universities and military service academies across the country to participate in this $30 million study.
2
million people sustain a TBI each year
41
percent of TBIs result from a fall
30
percent of all injury deaths in the U.S. are associated with TBI
75
percent of TBIs each year are diagnosed as concussions