The Search Continues for Initial Treatment Options


The study involving the use of hypothermia to treat brain injury has been stopped early due to slow recruitment and problems with the financial support of the study. The hypothermia study was aimed at examining the neuroprotective factors which could come from reducing a person’s body temperature immediately after Traumatic Brain Injury. Inconsistent results had come from a previous study involving children with TBI. A systematic review in 2009 found 23 clinical trials which looked at hypothermia as a way to lower intracranial pressure and produce neuroprotective effects. None of those studies identified the neuroprotective effects of hypothermia.

For years researchers have looked and will continue to look for ways to reduce the effects of neurotrauma. These studies remain important to us who work at the rehabilitation level. Can we identify methods and strategies to give individuals who have experienced a brain injury an opportunity to reduce injury severity and improve treatment outcomes?

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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