Ohio Valley Center (OVC) for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation provides education and training, conducts research, and develops new programs for rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Center serves as an umbrella for grant funding addressing TBI in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University.
- OVC disseminates new information about brain injury for individuals and families, as well as professionals in the field. Materials available include:
- The Substance Abuse Education Series for healthcare professionals to use with clients who have a TBI and are also addressing use and misuse of alcohol and other drugs.
- The OSU TBI Identification Method (TBI-ID) which is used by researchers and professionals to determine a person's lifetime history of TBI.
- Since 1993, OVC has operated the Ohio Regional Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System, one of only 16 centers in the U.S. designated by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) as models for treatment and research of TBI rehabilitation. Among other studies, the Ohio Regional TBI Model System performs long-term follow-ups on TBI patients in central and southern Ohio who are part of the TBI Model Systems National Database.
- OVC receives other grants from a variety of national, regional and local organizations involved in brain injury rehabilitation. The grants fund clinical trials and other research dealing with brain injury rehabilitation. Funding has come from:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
- Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission
- Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services
- The OVC Advisory Council consists of consumers, brain injury advocates, healthcare professionals and rehabilitation researchers who provide direction for the goals of the Center and participate in the development and implementation of new projects and materials.
Learn more about The Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation.