Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Traumatic brain injury research at Kessler Foundation explores potential treatments and interventions for deficits in cognition, mobility, and emotional processing.

  • Feedback and Learning in Individuals with and without Clinical Depression and TBI

    The purpose of this research study is to examine the influence of 'feedback timing' (feedback about your performance is either presented immediately or after a delay) on learning and brain function in individuals with moderate to severe TBI with or without depression. 

     

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  • Feasibility of Long-Term, Objective, and Remote Monitoring of Physical Activity in Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury

    The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility of using wearable physical activity monitors to remotely monitor physical activity in the community for individuals with acquired brain injury.

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  • Improving Walking Using Virtual Reality-based (VR) Treadmill Training in TBI

    The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of VR-based treadmill training on walking ability. Researchers are also examining changes in thinking ability and brain activity as a result of the VR-based treadmill training.

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  • Behavioral and Neural Genetics in Neurological Disorders

    The purpose of this research is to investigate how someone's genetic makeup as reflected in their DNA is related to brain injury and thinking in people with MS and TBI. 

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  • MusicGlove: Targeted Non-invasive Brain Stimulation for Improving Hand Dexterity in TBI

    Individuals with TBI may have muscle weakness which affects their hand dexterity (fine motor control of fingers and arm parts). In this study, investigators aim to study how brain stimulation can help improve hand dexterity in individuals with TBI. 

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  • Using Virtual Reality to Improve Job Reentry in Adults with TBI

    The purpose of this research is to investigate the effectiveness of virtual reality (VR) to improve job reentry skills in individuals with TBI. 

    This study is completely remote and does not require in-person visits.

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  • COVID-19's Impact on Individuals with TBI

    The purpose of this research study is to measure the impact of COVID-19 on individuals diagnosed with TBI relative to the general population. 

    Participants complete surveys from home. 

    This study is completely remote and does not require in-person visits.

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  • Understanding COVID-19's Effect on People with Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, and Multiple Sclerosis -Survey Study

    The purpose of this study is to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of people with traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, or those with a history of stroke. 

    This study is completely remote and does not require in-person visits. 

     

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  • Consolidation and Encoding

    The purpose of this research study is to investigate how new information is strengthened in the memory of people with TBI or MS. Researchers want to understand what happens in the brain after a person learns new information. 

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  • Motor Learning and Sleep in TBI

    The purpose of this research is to learn how a 45 minute nap can help improve daily movement-related tasks in people who have had a traumatic brain injury.

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  • Comparison of Two Group Wellness Interventions in Partner Caregivers of Individuals with TBI

    The purpose of this research study is to compare the effect of two different types of group wellness interventions for partner caregivers of individuals with TBI. 

    This study is completely remote and does not require in-person visits. 

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  • Problem-Solving Training for Care Partners of Adults with TBI

    The purpose of this project is to determine whether providing problem-solving training can reduce caregiver burden and improve coping skills and mood in care partners of adults with TBI who have been admitted into the hospital.

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  • Psychological and Emotional Well-being Intervention in TBI

    The purpose of this study is to compare two different programs aimed at improving well-being in people with moderate to severe TBI. 

    Participants have the option to complete all sessions in-person or via video conference. 

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  • Improving Postural Responses to Avoid Falls after TBI

    The purpose of this study is to assess a balance training program to see if it can be helpful in avoiding falls in people with TBI. 

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  • Examination of Physical and Cognitive Fatigue in TBI Using MRI

    The purpose of this research is to better understand brain and behavioral changes that occur during thinking and physical tasks in individuals with TBI.

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  • Improving Prospective Memory in TBI

    This research aims to test aspects of a computer-based cognitive rehabilitation program designed to improve thinking skills in individuals with TBI, particularly improving the ability to remember to do things in the future. 

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  • Memory Re-training to Improve Cognition in TBI

    The purpose of this research study is to investigate the effectiveness of administering a group memory retraining program in the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) population.  

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  • Computerized Memory Training in TBI

    The purpose of this rehabilitation research study is to evaluate the effectiveness of "RehaCom," a computerized treatment for memory deficits, delivered in addition to one on one training of memory, to improve verbal memory and memory for people/faces for patients who survived a moderate to sever

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  • Improving Memory and Learning in TBI

    The purpose of this research study is to investigate the effectiveness of a memory enhancement technique in people with TBI. 

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  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Menopause

    Researchers are examining menopausal symptoms (e.g., hot flashes, depression, irritability, sleep dysfunction via hot flashes, fatigue via sleep disturbance, etc.) and identifying how these symptoms may also be impacted by traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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  • Understanding Cortical Changes in Individuals with Brain Injury

    The goal of this project is to understand the cortical activity changes due to loss of motor control in lower extremities as a result of brain injury, and also the gain of motor control due to recovery through robotic rehabilitation.

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  • Processing Speed and Eye Movements

    The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between eye movements and the speed someone is able to process information.

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  • Northern New Jersey TBI Model Systems

    The purpose of this study is to provide information which may help improve the treatment, care, and outcomes of people with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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