St. Rita’s, OSU partner on brain research

By Camri Nelson -

LIMA — Mercy Health- St. Rita’s and Ohio State University recently partnered up on a research study to discover the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries.

Last month, the OSU Wexner Medical Center received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. The center’s Ohio Regional TBI Model System is one of the national 16 centers that were funded to continue to examine the initial recovery and lifelong changes that stem from traumatic brain injury.

“We are proud to be partnering with the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with hopes that we can one day better understand traumatic brain injuries and the long-term effects they have on those who have suffered from them,” Tomasz Jankowski, director of Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Neuroscience Institute, said in a press release.

The Ohio Regional TBI Model System was funded in 1997 and is the longest-funded TBI system in the country. Since 1997, OSU has recruited more than 1,150 patients into a national data set that follows them from their injury all the way through their life.

Participants in the study will be recruited from the brain injury unit at the Wexner Medical Center and the rehabilitation unit at St. Rita’s. The researchers will assure that the participants are from both metropolitan and rural areas.

The model research will follow patients over a period of time in order to better understand the effects of a traumatic injury to the brain. The researchers will periodically reach out to participants to get an update on how their symptoms changed.

By Camri Nelson

Reach Camri Nelson at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @CamriNews

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