Brain rehabilitation researchers at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota are actively involved in basic science and clinical studies to better understand:

  • How to measure muscle tone (spasticity) using new technology involving ultrasound
  • How information gained from monitoring physical activity can help improve mobility after stroke
  • How brain injury affects survival and life span
  • How cognitive rehabilitation can be provided in your home by telemedicine

Researchers also study stroke rehabilitation, long-term outcomes of traumatic brain injuries and many other areas of brain rehabilitation. Read more about brain-rehabilitation research.

Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center

The Mayo Clinic Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model research program is one of 16 medical research programs in the United States involved in a research consortium funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The Mayo Clinic TBI Model program studies new ways to advance medical services for people with traumatic brain injuries. Model systems are funded based on their ability to provide comprehensive, coordinated care. The program also contributes data to a large database that allows for long-term collaborative research studies of outcomes.

Using this database, Mayo researchers have studied clinical characteristics of patients to predict activity limitation, independent living and productive activity after injury and inpatient rehabilitation. Researchers are assessing the course of long-term recovery and outcomes after a traumatic brain injury to develop and identify innovative services that most appropriately meet people's needs and allow them to reintegrate into their communities. In collaboration with other model systems, Mayo Clinic has studied headaches and issues related to sexuality after TBI, sharing these research findings with brain injury rehabilitation programs across the country.

Telerehabilitation

Researchers are studying the use of telerehabilitation, a type of rehabilitation using phone and computer technology, for people who don't have access to rehabilitation treatment in their communities. Mayo Clinic researchers are studying the benefits of technology in providing cognitive rehabilitation in people with traumatic and nontraumatic brain injuries. Other research includes studying the impact of telerehabilitation-based treatment on individuals' function, community involvement and treatment satisfaction.

Midwest Advocacy Project

Your ability to advocate for your own needs after a traumatic brain injury is an important part of your recovery and rehabilitation. The Midwest Advocacy Project, a clinical trial taking place in the community, is studying the most effective ways for people and their families to develop advocacy skills. Read more about Mayo's research in enhancing advocacy in patients who have traumatic brain injuries.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo authors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Jan. 05, 2012