Focus on Traumatic Brain Injury Research

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. 

Clinical Research and TBI

Recent NINDS-sponsored clinical research in TBI include:

Translational Research and TBI

NINDS Translational Program focuses on preclinical development and testing of novel therapeutics and devices. Examples of TBI projects funded under this cooperative program include:

Specific TBI Research Programs:

The Sports and Health Research Program (SHRP) is a public-private partnership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Foundation for the NIH (FNIH) and the National Football League (NFL), aimed at addressing major public health issues related to sports participation.

Tools & Resources

Common Data Elements


Pre-Clinical Common Data Elements Table (pdf, 39 kb), Worksheet (pdf, 323 kb) and Publication (pdf, 290 kb) are now available.

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.

Dr. Geoffrey Manley
University of California San Francisco

Dr. Geoffrey Manley of the University of California San Francisco discusses the value of TBI data sharing and comparative effective research in his TRACK-TBI initiative.

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.

The 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. 

Related Publications:

The International Initiative for Traumatic Brain Injury 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. 

Related publications:

Meetings & Workshops

All NINDS Events