Spaulding Selected by NIDRR as both TBI and Burn Injury Model System Sites

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These selections combined with last year’s selection of Spaulding as a Spinal Cord Injury Model System Site make Spaulding one of only two providers nationally to be selected as a Model System in all three specialties at the same time.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital recently announced that both its Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program and Burn Injury Rehabilitation Program have been selected as Model System sites by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). These selections combined with last year’s selection of Spaulding as a Spinal Cord Injury Model System Site make Spaulding one of only two providers nationally to be selected as a Model System in all three specialties at the same time.

Each site provides the highest level of comprehensive specialty services, from the point of injury through rehabilitation and community reentry. Dr. Joe Giacino will serve as Program Director for the TBI Model System Site and Dr. Jeffrey Schneider will serve as Program Director for the Burn Injury Model System site. Dr. Ross Zafonte will serve as Administrative Co-Director for both.

 “Our selection by NIDRR as only the second provider in the nation to serve as a Model Systems Site in Burn Injury, TBI and SCI at the same time is a tremendous recognition for Spaulding and the Harvard Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. These grants will have an important impact on the communities Spaulding serves by allowing our talented clinicians to explore new avenues of research and care,” said Dr. Ross Zafonte, VP of Research, Education and Medical Affairs, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Chairman of the Harvard Medical School Department of PM&R at Spaulding.

This funding will allow Spaulding clinicians and researchers to improve both regional and national understanding of TBI and Burn Injury treatment models. Each Model Systems site contributes to the national Model Systems Database for a better understanding of long-term health outcomes. Spaulding will also expand its participation in collaborative research and education as well as outreach efforts to inform individuals with TBI and Burn Injuries, their families and care givers, health care professionals and the general public about its work.

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