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2022-10-19press-releaseNews<p>Spaulding Rehabilitation recently announced its Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury and Burn Injury Rehabilitation Programs have been renewed as Model System sites by the&nbsp;National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.</p>

Spaulding’s SCI, TBI and Burn Injury Model System Sites Renewed by NIDILRR

October 19,  2022

Boston, MA - Spaulding Rehabilitation recently announced its Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Burn Injury Rehabilitation Programs have been renewed as Model System sites by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Spaulding continues to be the only institution nationally to have all three Model System specialties at the same time.

These grants are awarded in five-year cycles by NIDILRR through an extremely selective process. NIDILRR awards Model System grants to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care. Each site provides the highest level of comprehensive specialty services, from the point of injury through rehabilitation and community reentry. Dr. Ross Zafonte serves as Co-Project Director for the TBI and SCI Model Systems. Dr. Andy Taylor serves as the Co-Director of the SCI Model System Site, Dr. Joe Giacino serves as Program Director and Principal Investigator for the TBI Model System Site and Dr. Jeffrey Schneider serves as Program Director for the Burn Injury Model System site.

“To earn this distinction again from NIDILRR is a direct reflection of the extraordinary work done by so many to ensure we continually advance our understanding of recovery to support the communities we serve. We look forward to continuing to contribute to the national model system data bases to foster novel treatments and discoveries,” said Dr. Ross Zafonte, President, Spaulding Rehabilitation and Chairman of the Harvard Medical School Department of PM&R at Spaulding.

This funding will allow Spaulding clinicians and researchers to continue to improve both regional and national understanding of SCI, TBI and Burn Injury treatment models. Each model system invites newly injured individuals to participate in research studies and contribute to a national database in their condition area. These databases are the largest of their type in the world and are publicly available for research purposes. Information is used to further the understanding of the long-term consequences of these injuries and to develop improved treatments and systems of care.


About Spaulding Rehabilitation

A member of the Mass General Brigham Health System, Spaulding Rehabilitation includes Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, with a main campus in Charlestown the 3rd ranked rehabilitation hospital in the country by U.S. News & World Report, along with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center Brighton, and over 25 outpatient sites throughout Eastern Massachusetts. An acclaimed teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and home to the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding is recognized as a top residency program in the U.S. in the Doximity Residency Navigator. Spaulding also was recognized by the 2022 Disability Equality Index as a “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.” For more information, visit