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Find information about research on Physiatry for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at IU School of Medicine.


Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Indiana University School of Medicine makes life-changing recovery possible after injury and illness. Through research on motor recovery, emotion regulation, prognosis and rehabilitation outcomes, investigators help people walk, communicate, think and love again.

The department offers an excellent environment for research success and supports four research centers with some of the world’s top researchers and state-of-the-art facilities.

Current research studies

Flora Hammond and Dawn Neumann examine data in their research center

Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center

The Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at IU School of Medicine is one of 16 federally funded centers in the United States designated to conduct TBI research by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems

Locomotor Recovery Center

The Locomotor Recovery Center investigates ways to improve walking functionality for patients with motor impairments due to brain injury, stroke or spinal cord injury.

Locomotor Recovery Center

Brain Rehabilitation, Advanced Imaging, and Neuroscience Center

The Brain Rehabilitation, Advanced Imaging and Neuroscience (BRAIN) Center leads interdisciplinary research to improve clinical care and drive the leading edge of translational research for acquired brain injury.

BRAIN Center

Indiana Spinal Cord/Traumatic Brain Injury Hospital Database

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation researchers collaborate with colleagues at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and Regenstrief Institute to develop the statewide Indiana Spinal Cord/Traumatic Brain Injury Hospital Database with funding from the Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund.

Indiana Spinal Cord/Traumatic Brain Injury Hospital Database
two faculty look at data on a screen

BeHEALTHY: Chronic Disease Management for Traumatic Brain Injury

The BeHEALTHY project aims to develop a chronic disease management model for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Growing evidence demonstrates brain injury can be a chronic, dynamic health condition with persistent health and psychosocial issues. There is expert consensus that chronic brain injury must be identified and proactively managed as a lifelong condition to improve health, independent function and societal participation. Chronic brain injury requires a comprehensive model for this proactive management encompassing health system modifications, professional education, and self-management strategies for individuals and caregivers.

This project, led by Indiana University School of Medicine, leverages the substantial resources of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems and partners with experts in collaborative care, self-management, policy, and consumer advocacy.


Schedule an Interview

To schedule an interview with an IU School of Medicine investigator or learn more about research studies underway, contact the Office of Strategic Communications team.

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