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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Mindfulness Teacher, Jaisa Sulit, provides a 3 minute stress reduction break

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Jaisa Sulit has been a contributor to NeuroNotes on the subject of mindfulness meditation and its application to brain injury. Last week in Toronto, Jaisa spoke at the ABI Network Conference on mindfulness and has shared with me a 3 minute breathing space exercise which she recommends to do several times a day as part […]

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Long term brain injury problems a theme at conference

I just attended the ABI Network Conference in Toronto. I’ve been a participant in this conference for years and each time it is convened I appreciate how the conference organizing committee hits the right themes. I spoke about problems in social role return and one of the questions related to what are realistic resources to achieve long term outcomes. […]

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George Visger & Friends Arrange a Benefit

Last week we posted a blog about Dondre Ransom, a former Marine, father of two and a semi-pro football player who sustained a concussion which has left him blind and hooked to a ventilator. Dondre’s wife is receiving treatment for her military-related TBI in Atlanta. Several of our NeuroNotes readers have asked about what they […]

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Dondre Ransom: Marine vet taken out of action with TBI from semi-pro football

A former Marine who served in Iraq is fighting to get back in the game after suffering a severe concussion while playing football for the Sacramento Wildcats. Now, hooked to ventilator and blind, Dondre communicates with eye blinks. He and his wife are the parents of two small children. While Dondre is hospitalized his wife […]

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A retired pro football player asks Roger Goodell to explain the limited NFL settlement

On Saturday, October 25, 2014 I heard George Visger, a former San Francisco 49’r, speak about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a panel discussion about the subject at the American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners conference in Atlanta. I’ve known George for a few years through the brain injury community where he is a […]

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Throwing the switch in our brains with mindfulness: Melissa Felteau Contributes to NeuroNotes

Throwing the switch in our brains with mindfulness: Melissa Felteau Contributes to NeuroNotes

Melissa Felteau is a researcher, teacher and practitioner of mindfulness. I have had the privilege of working with her on the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation funded research project in mindfulness to treat depression following brain injury and I look forward to our joint presentation this coming week at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine , ACRM, […]

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When is a brain injury not a brain injury?

Recently a patient was referred to us for ongoing rehabilitation from an excellent acute medical rehabilitation hospital in neighboring state. He had made some recovery from his severe anoxic brain injury, but still had significant cognitive and physical deficits requiring rehabilitation in addition to having high needs for physician and nursing involvement.  As our Admissions […]

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The High Cost of a Bump on the Head

The High Cost of a Bump on the Head

Recently, NeuroNotes has featured a number of editorials on the problems related to funding for brain injury services.  The piece of the iceberg which remains unseen is the true lifetime costs of brain injury.  The Department of Defense commissioned a study of lifetime brain injury costs as they realized that brain injury was the signature […]

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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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