University of Alabama at Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury Care System

As a part of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Program, the University of Alabama at Birmingham proposes to provide rehabilitation services specifically designed to meet the special needs of individuals with TBI through its multidisciplinary, comprehensive Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (UAB TBIMS). The UAB TBIMS spans the clinical continuum from emergency services through rehabilitation and community re-entry. Activities of the UAB TBIMS, both ongoing and proposed, reflect an active partnership within the components of UAB’s health system and between UAB and community organizations, such as the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Head Injury Foundation. We will continue to be an effective participant in data collection activities for the National Traumatic Brain Injury Data and Statistical Center as demonstrated by our history and also by the volume of persons with new onset TBI admitted to our System annually. We propose one in-house research project, aimed at improving the health and function, as well as the community participation, of the persons we serve. Excessive weight has inherent health risks and evidence indicates that people with disability are at greater risk of obesity. Pilot data collected at UAB indicates that a fourth of patients with TBI seen at UAB are obese a year after the injury. This application proposes an intervention to address weight gain, tailoring an established, evidence-based program that has proven successful with other groups. We will continue to benefit from the active involvement of persons with TBI in the design and execution of the proposed activities. Dissemination of project results will occur via a variety of accessible formats and venues for both professionals and persons with TBI and their families. A detailed plan of operation will ensure timely completion of project goals and tasks. Finally, an evaluation plan has been designed to assess (no further text is provided by the applicant).

University of Alabama/Spain Rehabilitation Center

619 19th St. S
Birmingham AL 35249-7330
(205) 934-3283
Project Officer: Teresa San Agustin, M.D.
Project Number: H133A120096
Thomas Novack, Ph.D.
Project 934-3454
Robert Brunner, M.D.
Medical 975-2090
Laura Dreer, Ph.D.
KT Committee Chair
Project 325-8681
Laura Vogtle, Ph.D.
Co-Project 934-0355
Lynn Olive
Peter Waselkov
Research 934-0355
Kayla Mishoe 717-9734