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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An advocate for people with brain injuries addresses the real needs

Geoffrey Lauer, the Executive Director of the Iowa Brain Injury Alliance and a long-time advocate for people living with a brain injury, wrote an op ed in the Cedar Rapid Gazette of April 17, 2014 which spoke to the need to increase funding for community-based programs to prevent the disabilities caused by brain injury which [...]

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Vegetative State: Can we measure the potential for change?

Vegetative State: Can we measure the potential for change?

When we hear the term “vegetative state” we commonly think of a person who has experienced a brain injury of such magnitude where a return to consciousness is unlikely. A recent study conducted by Steven Laureys, MD, PhD and his colleagues of the University of Liege in Belgium shows that enhanced imaging methodology offers a [...]

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Hugh Herr, MIT professor advances bionics

Hugh Herr, MIT professor advances bionics

In 1982 Hugh Herr lost his legs due to frostbite and learned that “people are never broken”. He designed legs for himself which allowed him to return to climbing and even created special features which allowed him to perform better. Now a Professor at MIT, Hugh Herr is devoted to designing and building bionic limbs [...]

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Can sports concussions be monitored?

Can sports concussions be monitored?

Reebok unveiled a new device called Checklight which indicates if sufficient force to cause a concussion has been received by the wearer. The Checklight consists of a skullcap equipped with sensors to measure rotational forces and impact and provides information via green, yellow and red lights visible under the helmet. Selling for $150 the Checklight [...]

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Extreme Fighter Dies from Brain Injury following bout

Extreme Fighter Dies from Brain Injury following bout

Booto Guylain died on February 27, 2014 following a ProMMA Extreme Fighting Championship bout held in Johannesberg, South Africa. Guylain received an elbow to the head early during the bout which ended the flight and ultimately was the cause of his death from traumatic brain injury later at a nearby hospital. Guylain’s death further focuses [...]

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Introduction to Jaisa Sulit

Introduction to Jaisa Sulit

I recently had the opportunity to meet Jaisa Sulit at the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario (NRIO) in Etobicoke, Ontario. Jaisa is an Occupational Therapist who came to NRIO to talk to the staff about Mindfulness and its application to individuals with brain injury. As I am interested in the practice of Mindfulness and have [...]

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Dr. Maria Romanas Reveals Her Own Struggle with Brain Injury

Dr. Maria Romanas Reveals Her Own Struggle with Brain Injury

I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Maria Romanas at the Missouri Brain Injury conference last Fall. Dr. Romanas has been living with a brain injury since before her entrance into college. Yet, despite her brain injury, she had completed her medical training, attained a PhD, worked as a Pathologist for the VA and had [...]

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Doctors waking Schumacher from coma

Physicians in Grenoble, France are working to lighten Michael Schumacher from his medically induced coma. Schumacher received a severe brain injury in fall while skiing several weeks ago and his condition has been subject to much speculation. Emergency surgery to remove blood clots on his brain and reduce intra-cranial pressure took place at the hospital [...]

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Can football prevent concussions?

Can football prevent concussions?

With the upcoming Super Bowl we all are experiencing the pre-game hype, pushing for our favorite team, wondering about the ads and the half-time show and probably not really thinking much about concussions and CTE. Since 2012, the NFL has worked to reduce the risks which lead to concussions and has seen a 12% reduction [...]

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RayField Wright, retired Dallas Cowboy faces dementia

Rayfield Wright, a retired Dallas Cowboy and Football Hall of Fame member, faces dementia. Wright, now 68, played for the Cowboys from 1967-1979. He has two Super Bowl rings in size 16 through which a quarter can easily pass. His retirement was brought on by the effects of multiple concussions which was affecting his memory. [...]

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