Trainee Supported Brain Injury Research
Although their campaign has concluded, if you would still like to make a donation to Trainee Supported Brain Injury Research, you may always do so here.
The core mission of this research program focuses on precision medicine applications for individuals with disability due to acquired brain injury. Despite recent advancements in precision medicine for many areas of disease, the need and importance of precision medicine advancements for those with long-term disability has been largely overlooked.
Our Rehabilomics Research Program addresses this problem by integrating important data about personal biology, environmental factors, clinical presentation, and other individual characteristics to assess the biological underpinnings of brain injury pathology and recovery. This information also helps guide risk assessment for secondary conditions associated with brain injury such as the development of epilepsy, depression, cognitive and behavioral problems, headache, and neuroendocrine problems.
The impact of these conditions on health and function after brain injury is also a major focus of our work. As we learn more about the biology of health and function after brain injury, we can tailor treatments and personalize management plans that minimize disability and maximize recovery. As a clinical and translational scientific research group, clinicians are a part of our research team and help us integrate our findings into the care that we provide for our patients.
Trainee supported research is an increasing and complex challenge through traditional research grant funding channels. This year, we have decided to augment our grant application efforts with crowdfunding. Donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of your contribution will directly fund trainee supported brain injury research and dissemination activities conducted through the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation within the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. Your generous contribution will enhance cutting edge research projects intended to optimize function for the millions of individuals living with the long-term effects of brain injury.
Why Should You Support Our Mission?
Our brain injury research program thrives in partnership with trainees at the undergraduate student, graduate and medical student, resident physician, and research/clinical fellow levels. Trainees are involved in every area of our research program. They gain valuable experience on how to think critically and conduct meaningful research that can improve the lives of people living with the long-term consequences of brain injury. Student scholars also have opportunities to present their work locally and nationally to the larger research community.
By keeping trainees central to the focus and success of our research program, we are also recruiting, educating, and mentoring the next generation of neurorehabilitation researchers and brain injury care providers that will enhance the lives of brain injury survivors. Funds raised will support projects that have students and trainees as critical team members to the research program.