Brain Injury Research Institute

There is another Institute doing research on CTE and brain injuries.  This one is in Morgantown, West Virginia, and headed by Dr. Julian Bailes and Dr. Bennet Omalu, who you have seen cited on this blog and other news articles.

We are the Brain Injury Research Institute. Our purpose is to study the short and long-term impact of brain injury in general and specifically concussions, the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and the psychosocial effects of CTE upon individuals’ lives.

Research indicates a clear link between brain injuries and various debilitating neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Our work aims to educate medical participants, public policy experts and the public on the profound consequences and dangers of concussions – whether in athletics, the military, or other professions.

We also hope to establish protocol for the treatment of concussions and eventually help develop therapeutic interventions that can inhibit the progression of the disease and/or cure it.

The BIRI will be linked on this site as well.

4 thoughts on “Brain Injury Research Institute

  1. Barbara Link February 4, 2011 / 13:24

    Did you know that brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death in ANYONE under the age of 45? Also we have 400,000 vets from Iraq and Afghanistan with some form of brain injury. I’m happy to hear of another center of Brain Injury Research. I’ve worked with the Brain Injury Association of America and they have endorsed my book on brain injury. Am I allowed to mention the title? In writing the book I have learned so much about brain injury in every form. I will never say “just a concussion again.”

    My daughter, at nineteen, suffered a serious brain injury and I would like to hear from other parents who are struggling with the same problem.


    • Auburn March 1, 2011 / 07:56

      Hi Barbara,

      I’m 20 years old and received my latest concussion over two years ago and I’m still have side effects (Dizziness, nausea, balance problems). I have had to medically withdraw from the University I was attending and struggle everyday with the symptoms and side effects of my 3 diagnosable concussions (probably attained more playing competitive soccer). Now, I feel that I’m at a road block. I’ve seen many physicians (neurologists, psychologists, neurospine specialist, craniosacral therapist, physical therapist), most of which are only able to suggest or recommend at home remedies, or the tweaking/addition of medication. Soccer was once my life, and now, well….I don’t know. I’m still working on that part.

      Best regards,


  2. Mark January 30, 2013 / 15:36

    I was predictable as a child and into my teens. I loved math. I played sports, my favorite being football. After a guess of seven (7) concussions and despite me being an all-state running back, our team doctor, Dr. Frederick Poehler (dec.) said enough was enough and I was pulled from playing football 1/2 way through my Senior high school season. I went on to graduate with a BS from Rose-Hulman but was never the same. I have had a couple of concussions as an adult. Now I am diagnosed as bipolar, and it seems to be getting worse despite medication. I think I have CTE so I really hope it can be diagnosed and treated before its too late. If not for me for others.

    Mark – zonked in the head

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