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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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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Former NHL “Enforcer” lives with multiple concussions aftermath

Former NHL “Enforcer” lives with multiple concussions aftermath

Stephen Peat, 36, is another former NHL player living with the problems created by his multiple concussions. Peat last played in the 2005-6 season. Known as an “enforcer”, Peat suffers from the same problems that plagued Boogard, Belak and Rypen other former NHL players and “enforcers” following their retirement. Through the constant fights they are […]

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Maybe it’s not just “a bump to your head”

Maybe it’s not just “a bump to your head”

In a recent poll conducted by National Public Radio (NPR) one in four people have experienced a concussion. Almost 80% sought medical treatment and a significant number of people experienced lasting effects, with headaches being the most common, followed by problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination. About a third of the respondents to the […]

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Nevada enacts brain health program for licensed fighters

Nevada enacts brain health program for licensed fighters

Nevada Athletic Commission is enacting legislation requiring all licensed fighters to undergo routine testing to assess their brain health. This program is unique in its requirements and can serve as a model for monitoring brain health in other sports, such as football where multiple concussions can lead to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. The Lou […]

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Chyna’s brain to be studied for CTE

Chyna’s brain to be studied for CTE

Chyna’s brain will be studied by Bennet Omalu,MD according to a spokesperson, Anthony Anzalo. Chyna, or Joan Lauer, was known for her role as one of the first women in professional wresting and later as an actor and entertainer. She is believed to have experienced many concussions in the wresting ring which contributed to her […]

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