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Traumatic Brain Injury Registry 

PI: Dr. Richard Rodgers, Funded by IU Health Strategic Research Initiative

Advanced Biomedical IT Core, Science Community Tools Group, UITS Research Technologies  - Research made possible using REDCap

CT Scan Image
Figure 1. An example of a brain image. 

In 2010, approximately 2.5 million patients were treated for or hospitalized with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). More than 50,000 died. To improve TBI care and outcomes, information about injury, care, and outcome must be captured and analyzed. Dr. Rodgers and his staff have captured and organized these data into a REDCap registry that can be used to tease out the best ways to treat various types of TBI. In addition, the registry uses a standardized vocabulary, making the data easy to interpret and share with other researchers.

TBI can affect patient thinking, sensation, language, and emotional state. Finding an effective method of treating TBI will reduce patients’ burdens. This, in turn, will lessen the effect on family members and caregivers, and pare the overall cost of healthcare

Dr. Richard Rodgers, Director of the Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine Center at IU Health, requested the TBI registry, which became fully functional in October, 2013. His research is supported by IU Health and the IU School of Medicine Strategic Research Initiative. What makes this accomplishment unique is that it is the first TBI registry to be established. It will be enhanced further when it is moved to the Remedy Registry platform. This Remedy system will enable more complex querying, allowing Dr. Rodgers to analyze the data in more sophisticated ways.

The mission of the Advanced Biomedical IT Core is to support medical researchers by providing informatics services and facilitating access to high performance cyberinfrastructure. 

NSF GSS Codes:

Primary Field: Neurobiology and Neurophysiology (615) 

Secondary Field: Computer Science (401) Computer Systems Analysis