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Brain Injury Research

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) does not currently fund research but advocates for increased funding from public and private sectors, promotes participation in research studies and disseminates research findings to individuals with brain injury, their family members and the professionals who provide treatment and long-term care.

BIAA collaborates with the nation's leading brain injury research centers, such as the TBI Model Systems, to abstract the findings published in professional journals into brief, easy-to-read articles. By translating scientific discoveries into useful and practical knowledge for consumers and the general public, BIAA and its partners help improve the quality and relevance of brain injury research and treatment. A database of the Model Systems abstracts can be accessed here.

Current Research Studies Needing Participants 


Patient and Caregiver Experience with Longing


Longing is sometimes a response to a traumatic event. This survey is a nationwide survey of patients or their unpaid caregivers who are 18 years and older who have experienced a brain injury. It is designed to learn of a person’s experience with the feeling of longing.  Results of the study will be used to develop a nursing diagnosis, which may help nurses work with patients and caregivers to develop a holistic plan of care. Nurses use nursing diagnoses to communicate how to care for patients and caregivers with other nurses.

To participate or to get more information, click on this survey link or visit

This study has been approved by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects.

There is no cost to participate in this survey. No identifying information is collected by the survey.


Contact the researcher with questions:

Shelley-Rae Pehler PhD, RN
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
105 Garfield Avenue P.O. Box 4004
Eau Claire, WI  54701-4004
Phone (you may call collect):  715-836-5014

Close Date
March 20, 2015

BIAA Research Council

The BIAA Research Council, a committee of the Board of Directors, includes the following experts in the field of brain injury research:

Wayne A. Gordon, PhD, ABPP/Cn, Council Chairman
Jack Nash Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Keith D. Cicerone, PhD, ABPP-Cn
Neuropsychology & Cognitive Rehabilitation
JFK-Johnson Rehabilitation Institute

Steven R. Flanagan, MD
Professor, NYU Langone Medical Center
Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Member, NYU Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

David A. Hovda, PhD
Director, UCLA Brain Injury Research Center
Professor, Departments of Neurosurgery and of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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