Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) will surpass many diseases as the major cause of death and disability in the Western world by 2020¹.

The physical, cognitive and emotional impairments that result from TBI can have a profound effect on an individual’s quality of life. Severe TBI is associated with fewer employment opportunities, greater risk of depression, family stress, deteriorating relationships, and social isolation. While psychosocial remediation is essential, rehabilitation is astonishingly expensive, and evidence for existing remediation techniques is limited.

The Moving Ahead Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Brain Recovery, established in 2012, is the first centre worldwide to take a multidisciplinary, multisite approach to addressing the psychosocial rehabilitation of individuals following TBI. Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Moving Ahead brings together key experts from a range of partner universities, hospitals and research institutes in Australia and overseas.

The Centre aims to improve outcomes for those with a TBI by developing empirically-supported treatments, addressing deficits in social skills, communication, mood, fatigue, self-awareness and self-regulation.

For more information about the Moving Ahead CRE, please click here.

1. Hyder, A.A., The impact of traumatic brain injuries: A global perspective. Neurorehabilitation, 2007. 22: p. 341-353.