South Florida TBI Model System

As a part of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research’s (NIDRR) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Programs, the University of Miami School of Medicine proposes to provide rehabilitation services and research aimed at meeting the special needs of individuals with TBI through its coordinated, multidisciplinary, comprehensive Traumatic Brain Injury program, the South-Florida Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Model System (SF-TBIMS) program. The SF-TBIMS spans the clinical continuum from emergency services through rehabilitation and community re-entry. Activities of the SF-TBIMS reflect an active partnership within the components of the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Medical Center Health System (UM/JMMC) and Miami Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital; and between UM and community organizations, such as the Brain Injury Association of Florida, The Florida Department of Health Brain and Spinal Cord Injury program, and the WellFlorida Council. We will be an effective participant in data collection activities for the National Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) Data and Statistical Center, enrolling 80 participants annually with an emphasis on persons with TBI who are from underserved populations. We propose one-site specific research project titled “Evaluation and Intervention of Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) In Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury” and one site-specific pilot project titled “Evaluating Assessment Methods for Pain in Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury.” We will continue to benefit from the active involvement of persons with TBI on our Consumer Advisory Board and from our Executive Advisory Board. Dissemination of project results will occur for both professionals and persons with TBI and their families through multiple accessible formats and venues. A detailed plan of operation will ensure delineation of responsibilities and timely completion of project goals and tasks. Finally, an evaluation plan has been designed to assess the quality and timeliness of project dissemination, outcomes and utilization, as well as projected short and long term impact of the SF-TBIMS research and dissemination activities.

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
1120 NW 14th St. Suite 954
Miami FL 33136

Project Officer: Cate Miller, Ph.D.
Project Number: H133A120099
Doug Johnson-Greene, Ph. D.
PI South Florida 243-8472
Elizabeth Felix, PhD
Assistant 243-4497
Eleuterio Baliwis
Data 243-3543
Letty Ginsburg
Research 243-4590
Christina Daringer
Research 243-2797