August 5, 2008

$1.7 Million National Brain Injury Grant Awarded to DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

DETROIT, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (SEMTBIS), housed at DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Wayne State University, was recently awarded a 5-year grant totaling $1.7 million, from the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

The grant earns RIM the rare distinction of being one of only 16 Centers of Excellence in the country for the care and research of those with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

SEMTBIS is a federally funded "model system" of care for individuals who sustain a traumatic brain injury and is a joint effort between Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Wayne State University's School of Medicine. This Center of Excellence model allows for the efficient and continuous care of people with traumatic brain injuries and their families, based on an evidenced-based practice model of care that integrates cutting-edge research findings into clinical care of patients.

SEMTBIS conducts ground breaking research in the fields of neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation, sharing the resulting innovations with other traumatic brain injury professionals and researchers throughout the world. This ongoing research is vital to future advances in the treatment of brain injury.

"Thanks to the ongoing support of NIDRR and our expert staff of physicians, researchers, neuropsychologists and rehabilitation professionals, SEMTBIS will continue to be one of the premier centers for the treatment and research of traumatic brain injuries," says Robin Hanks, Ph.D., SEMTBIS project director and Chief of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology at RIM and Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at WSU.

DMC's Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan is one of the nation's largest hospitals specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The Institute is home to many innovative programs, including the Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (SEMTBIS), which conducts groundbreaking rehabilitation research, and the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery, a world-class facility designed to implement and study innovative treatments in spinal cord injury recovery. RIM is one of eight hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). The DMC is proud to be the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Shock.

DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

CONTACT: Cheryl Angelelli of DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan,+1-313-966-8490