About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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Disabled Lives Matter

Disabled Lives Matter

Much comparison has been made of the shootings this week in Tulsa and Charlotte. In both deaths of Terance Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott by police this week, the factor of disability ties these events together. In Tulsa it was vision and hearing loss, and in Charlotte, it was brain injury. In the video of […]

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Losing Oneself in Brain Injury and a Life beyond Depression

Losing Oneself in Brain Injury and a Life beyond Depression

Over the last few years, I have been writing and presenting on the topic of Loss of Self. My awareness of the role of loss has grown from my work with people living with brain injury and the depression which many of them experience and the long term outcome studies we are operating where loss […]

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Pop Warner Football takes a hit on concussions

Pop Warner Football takes a hit on concussions

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Pop Warner, the youth football league, for neglecting to exercise caution and standards to prevent and manage concussions. Pop Warner has a relationship to Football USA, the youth division of the NFL. I remember my eldest son getting suited up for Pop Warner football when he was […]

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Double Your Trouble By Playing with a Concussion

Double Your Trouble By Playing with a Concussion

Athletes who get back into the game after experiencing a concussion take twice as long to recover as athletes who are removed from the game and wait to be evaluated and cleared before returning. In a study of 69 athletes with head trauma who were seen at the Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program […]

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Brain mapping comes of age

Brain mapping comes of age

  This short video provides a peek into the world of brain mapping and serves to heighten interest into how this area of science is evolving. The human brain has been studied for years, but its only now that we’re on the edge of learning more about brain regions, their inter-relationships and functions. Fascinating! Click […]

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SusansStory

Less than Six Degrees of Separation: Susan’s Story

Susan’s Story, a soon-to-be-released documentary about a woman and her family living and dealing with Fronto Temporal Degeneration, Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and Progressive Aphasia, makes a clear statement that in our lives we are all connected. Russ Kirkpatrick of Kirkpatrick and Kinslow, the documentary film-makers goes into the lives of Susan Suchan, her daughters,  […]

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Hockey Commissioner Denies Concussion CTE Link

Hockey Commissioner Denies Concussion CTE Link

Gary Bettman, a Commissioner for the National Hockey League (NHL) has vehemently denied the connection between concussions and CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). The NHL has been brought to court by former players who contend that the league did not convey to them the risks of the sport and supported their exposure to concussions. The brains […]

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Introducing Guest Blogger, Tyven Gabriner

Introducing Guest Blogger, Tyven Gabriner

NeuroNotes is pleased to welcome Tyven Garbiner as a Guest Blogger. Tyven Gabriner is a student at Lick Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, California. As a teenager and athlete (basketball and soccer), he has a keen perspective on the risks involved with younger people playing sports. Other current interests include music production. He is […]

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Blast wave exposure in combat linked to PTSD

Blast wave exposure in combat linked to PTSD

A  study published on Thursday in The Lancet Neurology has linked tissue damage to blast injuries, further connecting PTSD to changes in the brain and not solely a psychological response to exposure to battle. Of the 2.5 million United States service members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, a 2008 study by the RAND […]

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MJ

NeuroNotes Celebrates 11 Years

NeuroNotes has been publishing since July 27, 2005. We didn’t realize that until recently with numerous comments on posts written many years ago still coming in and generating interest. Some comments we post directly on the related blog and others which relate to personal matters or questions we answer confidentially. Our original intent was to […]

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