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Traumatic Brain Injury Research (TBI)

Program Contact for TBI Research

Patrick SF Bellgowan, Ph.D.
Program Director
Joanna Vivalda, R.N., M.B.A.
Clinical Trial Specialist
Clinical Research
Neuroimaging is one of many tools used to investigate TBI.
Neuroimaging is one of many tools used to investigate TBI.

NINDS supports research on traumatic brain injury (TBI) to advance knowledge on mechanisms of injury and recovery, and to develop better diagnostic tools and more effective treatments. This website provides information on NINDS activities, opportunities and resources for TBI research. 

To receive regular updates on funding announcements and other opportunities, please join the NINDS TBI Research Listserv.

NIH RePORTER, an online reporting tool, allows users to search a repository of NIH-funded TBI research projects and access publications and patents resulting from NIH funding. Please visit NINDS TBI for more general information.

New icon Sports and Health Research Program Stakeholders meet to discuss sports-related brain injury research

New icon FITBIR 2nd Stakeholders Meeting convened (pdf, 115 kb)

New icon Researchers seek definition of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (pdf, 504 kb)

New icon Pre-Clinical Common Data Elements Table (pdf, 39 kb) and Worksheet (pdf, 323 kb) are now available.

Common Data Elements

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Common Data Elements enable clinical investigators to systemically collect, analyze and share data across the research community.  

NINDS has developed common data elements for TBI.

The International Common Data Elements Project – Getting Further, Faster

Pre-Clinical Common Data Elements now available:

FITBIR Informatics System

Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) Informatics System logo

FITBIR Informatics System
FITBIR Informatics System Data Sharing Policy

New icon FITBIR 2nd Stakeholders Meeting convened (pdf, 115 kb)

The Federal Interagency TBI Research (FITBIR) Informatics System is a platform, developed by the NIH and the Department of Defense, which allows data sharing across the entire TBI community.

Sharing data, associated tools and methodologies accelerates research progress by allowing re-analysis of data, as well as re-aggregation, integration and rigorous comparison with other data, tools and methods. 

Legacy data from the Child Health After Injury (CHAI) study successfully and completely submitted to the FITBIR Informatics System by the University of Washington TBI researchers with Principal Investigator Frederick Rivara, MD, MPH

Clinical Research 

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NINDS Office of Clinical Research

The Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) Network engages clinicians and providers at the front lines of emergency care to conduct multicenter clinical trials focused on improving outcomes in patients with TBI and acute neurological injuries.

To learn more about these trials and others, please search

Translational Research

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NINDS Office of Translational Research

NINDS Translational Program focuses on preclinical development and testing of novel therapeutics and devices.

Examples of TBI projects funded under this cooperative program include:

Workshops & Meetings

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International TBI Research (InTBIR)

The International Initiative for TBI Research (InTBIR) is a collaborative effort of the NIH, the European Commission and the Canadian Institutes of Health to advance clinical TBI research, treatment and care. 


Last Modified September 3, 2015