Tuesday, March 22, 2016

TBI Model System Center Researchers Participate in the Eleventh World Congress on Brain Injury


The following list reflects researchers from TBI Model System Centers that reported presenting at the Eleventh World Congress on Brain Injury held March 2-6, 2016:

  • Tessa Hart, PhD, principal investigator of the Moss Traumatic Brain Injury Model System chaired a pre-Congress workshop, Cognitive Rehabilitation in the Real World: Merging the Evidence Base with Individual Needs. As part of the workshop, Dr. Hart presented, The Problem of Treatment Specification: Treatment Theory as an Organizing Framework for Cognitive Rehabilitation and Problem-Solving Training in TBI: Merging Standardization with Flexibility
  • John Whyte, MD, Ph.D., co-principal investigator of the Moss Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, was part of a pre-Congress workshop, Disorders of Consciousness, speaking on pharmacologic treatment. Dr. Whyte also presented ACRM/TBI Model System-sponsored Minimal Competency Recommendations for Programs that Provide Rehabilitation Services for Persons with Disorders of Consciousness: A Discussion of the Implications for International Deployment
  • Cynthia Harrison-Felix, Ph.D., Jessica Ketchum, Ph.D., Flora Hammond, MD, Kristen Dams-O’Connor, Ph.D., John Corrigan, Ph.D., and A. Cate Miller, Ph.D., presented the poster presentation, Mortality Secondary to Accidental Poisoning After Inpatient Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Gale Whiteneck, Ph.D., Jeffery Cuthbert, Ph.D., John Corrigan, Ph.D., and Jennifer Bogner, Ph.D., delivered the presentation, Prevalence and Correlates of a Lifetime History of TBI in the Adult, Colorado Population
  • Ellen Hada, Coralynn Long, Michelle Smith, MPH, CHES, and Tamara Bushnik, PhD, principal investigator of the Rusk Rehabilitation TBIMS at NYU and Bellevue delivered the presentation, The Influence of Country of Origin and Attitudes Towards Healthcare, Language Preference, and Health Outcomes in TBI Patients 
  • Tamara Bushnik, PhD, Michelle Smith, MPH, CHES, and Brian Im, MD, presented the poster presentation, Role of Acculturation in Rehabilitation Outcomes 
  • Ellen Hada, Michelle Smith, MPH, CHES, and Tamara Bushnik, Ph.D., presented the poster presentation, Beyond the Bars: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Incarceration
  • Robert G. Kowalski, Alan H. Weintraub, and Donald J. Gerber of the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury System delivered the platform presentation, Hydrocephalus Predicts Outcome Following Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Jennifer Marwitz, MA, Jeffrey Kreutzer, Ph.D., Adam Sima, Ph.D., and Herman Lukow, Ph.D., of the Virginia Commonwealth Traumatic Brain Injury Model System delivered the presentation, Marital Instability Following Traumatic Brain Injury




Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Using Social Media to Promote your Research: MSKTC Suite of Tools and Information

MSKTC produced a webinar titled Using Social Media to Promote Your Research; a recording of the webinar is available here: http://www.msktc.org/Model-Systems-Grantees/webinars. This webinar was designed to help the attendees understand the pervasiveness of social media; understand who uses social media; learn about the uses for different social media platforms; think about what they can do with social media; learn about the steps needed to manage social media; and see how a few Model Systems are effectively using their own social media. As a follow up to this webinar, researchers can develop a social media strategic plan using the following three tools developed by the MSKTC:

  • Guide for Developing an MSKTC Social Media Plan: This document is a go-to reference for researchers to navigate different social media platforms and to plan, execute, monitor and optimize their social media efforts;
  • MSKTC Social Media Development WorkbookThis workbook accompanies the Guide to help researchers work through all aspects of a social media plan to communicate about their research;
  • MSKTC Social Media Development Content CalendarThis Excel sheet helps researchers map out their use of social media by adapting it to the frequency with which they plan to use social media.
The tools can be found here: http://www.msktc.org/Knowledge-Translation/Social-Media-Guide.

In addition to the webinar and tools developed by MSKTC, a web clinic on social media analytics was held to review the types of analytics available for three platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Participants discussed how to use that data to inform and improve research dissemination and outreach through social media. The web clinic introduced best practices in using analytics, measuring engagement through analytics, creating data reports, and knowing what questions to ask of the researcher’s organization if they do not manage their own social media platforms. A recording of the web clinic is available here: http://www.msktc.org/Model-Systems-Grantees/webinars.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Model System Researchers to Present at the 92nd Annual American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference

Model systems researchers will participate in the 92nd Annual American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference in Dallas, TX, October 25-30, 2015. The list of Model Systems researchers who have submitted conference presentations to the MSKTC can be found below. Additional information can be found in the conference program.
 

Rusk Rehabilitation Traumatic Brain Injury Model System

Researchers presented three posters focused on their unique patient population:
  •  Factors associated with changes in body mass index after TBI (Amanda Childs, PhD)
  • The effect of social integration on psychosocial variables one year post-TBI (Ellen Hada, Research Associate)
  • The effect of employment status on psychosocial variables one year post-TBI (Natalie Jenkins, MA, Research Associate).

In addition, Lucia Wexler-Smith, PhD who is an Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training post-doctoral fellows was selected to present the project, Disordered Eating, Weight, and Physical Activity Concerns in Rehabilitation Outpatients with Acquired Brain Injury, as part of NIDILRR Young Investigators panel.


Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System 
 
Dr. Allen Heinemann, from Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System will act as key speaker at: 
  • Progress and Report of the ACRM Measurement Networking Group Applied Cognition Task Force ( Key Speakers: Dr. Carrie Ciro PhD, OTR/L FAOTA, Dr. Allen Heinemann PhD, FACRM, Dr. Amy Herrold PhD, Dr. Patricia Heyn PhD, Dr. Sonya Kim PhD) 
  • International Activities to Promote Implementation of Standardized Measures in Medical Rehabilitation Practice (Key Speakers: Dr. Allen Heinemann PhD, FACRM, Dr. Jan Nordvik; Prof. Marcel Post, PhD, Dr. Coen A.M. van Bennekom MD, PhD) 
  • Training Assistive Technology: New Research and Best Practices (Key speakers: Laurie Ehlhardt Powell, Dr. Tessa Hart PhD, Dr. Allen Heinemann PhD, FACRM, Dr. Linda Resnik, PT, PhD) 
  • Meet the Archives’ Editors: Authorship, Reporting Guidelines, and Reviewing in Medical Rehabilitation (Key Speaker: Dr. Allen Heinemann PhD, FACRM) 
  • Preventing Wheelchair Breakdowns: Is DIY Maintenance the Solution? What’s Important and How to Teach It? (Dr. Trevor Dyson-Hudson, MD, Dr. Allen Heinemann PhD, FACRM, Dr. Lynn Worobey, PhD)
Additionally, MRSCICS research scientist Dr. Anne Deutsch RN, PhD will join Dr. Heinemann and others in presenting the session, Quality Measures for Inpatients Rehabilitation Facilities. (Key Speakers: Laura Coots, Dr. Anne Deutsch, Dr. Allen Heinemann, Dr. Melvin Ingber, & Dr. Poonam Pardasaney).
 
National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center
 
Yuying Chen, is presenting the poster, Fall-induced spinal cord injury: external causes and implications for prevention.
 
Yuying Chen, is presenting the symposium, Economic impact of spinal cord injury. This symposium is collaborative work among the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, University of Washington Spinal Cord Injury Model System (Jeanne Hoffman), and Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System (Jim Krause and Yue Cao).
  
New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center
 
Miriam Brody, is presenting the poster, Development of a Peer-Led Phone Intervention for Goal-Setting Primary Healthcare Needs in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury.
 
David Rosenblum, is presenting the poster, Development of the New England Spinal Cord Injury Toolkit for Peer-to-Peer Clinical Education.
 
Hannah Mercier, is giving an oral presentation titled, Rehospitalization is Associated with Persistent Negative Effects among Adults with Spinal Cord Injury.
 
University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System
 
Denise Tate, Martin Forchheimer, Rachel Hartwig, and Claire Kalpakjian are presenting the poster, The Bowel and Bladder Treatment Index (BBTI): A New Tool to Assess Bowel and Bladder Management in SCI.
 
Heather Becker, Margaret Nosek, Claire Kalpakjian from are presenting the symposium, Sexuality and Health in Women with Spinal Cord Injury.
 
Gina Jay, Susan Charlifue, Margaret Campbell, Brooks Wingo, Martin Forchheimer, Victoria Allen, Phillip Requejo, Ivan Molton, Denise Tate are presenting the poster, Prevalence of Comorbidities and Secondary Conditions among Persons Aging with Spinal Cord Injury/Disease (SCI/D): Pilot Study Results.
 
Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System
  
Irene Ward, Anthony Lequerica, and Denise Krch, are presenting the poster, The Association Between Motor Findings at Discharge and the Need for Supervision at 1 Year After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
  
Irene Ward, Anthony Lequerica, and Lawrence Lai, Neil Jasey and Nancy D. Chiaravalloti, are presenting the poster, Premorbid Concussion and its Effects on Recovery Following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
 
Giselle Vivaldi, Anthony Lequerica, Irene Ward, Neil Jasey, Denise Krch, and Nancy D. Chiaravalloti, are presenting the poster, Effect of Bladder Dysfunction on Disability and Community Participation in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury

Michael Boninger will present the John Stanley Coulter Award Lecture, From Neuroprosthetics to Wheelchairs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Assistive Technology.

Dr. Lynn Worobey, PhD will present the workshop, Preventing Wheelchair Breakdowns: Is DIY Maintenance the Solution? What’s Important and How to Teach It? (In conjunction with Dr. Trevor Dyson-Hudson, MD and Dr. Allen Heinemann PhD)

The poster, Preliminary Results on Effectiveness of Group Wheelchair Skills Training among Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury, was selected as winner of this year’s SCI-ISIG Best Poster Award (Dr. Lynn Worobey, PhD, Dr. Lee Kirby, MD, Dr. Michael Boninger, MD)
 
Indiana University School of Medicine / Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana TBI Model System
 
Dr. Lance Trexler will receive the 2015 ACRM Distinguished Member Award from the American Congress of Rehab Medicine at the annual meeting in Dallas, TX.
 
Preconference workshops:
 
Samantha Backhaus, Summer Ibarra; and Thomas Bergquist (Mayo Clinic) are presenting the workshop, Brain Injury Coping Skills Group.
 
Gordon Horn, Frank Lewis (Neurorestorative); Paula Kersten, Tori Harding, Russell R, Christina Papdimitriou , James Malec are presenting the workshop, Diversity of outcomes: From person-centered to international neurorehabilitation perspectives.
 
Symposia:
 
Jacob Kean, Kristen Dams-O/Connor, Flora Hammond, et al are presenting the symposium, Healthcare utilization following brain injury in veterans: perspectives from the va and the private sector.
 
James Malec, Jacob Kean; Irwin M. Altman, Shannon Swick (Rehab Without Walls); Vicki Eicher, Mary Pat Murphy (ReMed); Thomas Murphy (Inventive Software Solutions) are presenting the symposium, Post-hospital Brain Injury Rehabilitation Outcomes: Report from the National OutcomeInfo Database.
 
Risa Richardson, JohnWhyte, Joseph Giacino, Flora Hammond, Brian Greenwald, David Katz, Ross Zafonte, Mark Sherer, Zasler N, Weintraub A, David Arciniegas, Sunil Kothari S are presenting the symposium, Building capacity: Formal introduction and implementation of recommendations for the management of persons with disorders of consciousness.
 
Sue Ann Sisto, David Katz, Ross Zafonte, Flora Hammond, Michael Jones, Bradley Kurowski are presenting the symposium, How do I start, maintain or lead rehabilitation as a practicing physician, clinician or clinical researcher.
 
Lance E. Trexler, Sumer Ibarra, Devan Parrott are presenting the symposium, Improving return to work and school outcomes after acquired brain injury through resource facilitation: Translating evidence into practice.
 
Oral presentation:
 
Hammond F, William Sauve, Paul Shin, Aliso Viejo, Fred Ledon, Charles Davis, Charles Yonan, Joao Siffert are presenting an oral presentation titled, Safety, tolerability, and effectiveness of Dextromethorphan/Quinidine for pseudobulbar affect in patients with traumatic brain injury: PRISM-II.
 
Jim Malec, Gale Whiteneck, Jennifer Bogner (OSU) are presenting an oral presentation titled, Another look at the PART-O: Scoring to optimize sense and psychometrics.
 
Poster presentation:
 
Angelle M. Sander, Kacey L. Maestas, Monique R. Pappadis, Flora Hammond, Robin A. Hanks are presenting the poster, Sexual functioning of partners of persons with traumatic brain injury.
 
Larissa Swan, Edwin C. Haskins, Theresa Mull, Samantha Backhaus, James Malec are presenting the poster, Systematic implementation of cognitive rehabilitation in an outpatient brain injury treatment setting.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

TBI Model Systems Researchers Work Published in Five Publications

 
TBI model systems researchers from multiple sites collaborated on publications that were recently published in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Journal of Neurotrauma, Journal of Head Trauma and Rehabilitation, the Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Traumatic Brain Injury, and the International Journal of Telerehabilitation. View the citations and abstracts on the below.
 
 
  • Brown AW, Watanabe TK, Hoffman JM, Bell KR, Lucas S, Dikmen S. Headache after traumatic brain injury: a national survey of clinical practices and treatment approaches. PM R. 2015 Jan; 7(1):3-8.  Abstract

  • Eum RS, Seel RT, Goldstein R, Brown AW, Watanabe TK, Zasler ND, Roth EJ, Zafonte RD, Glenn MB. Predicting institutionalization after traumatic brain injury inpatient rehabilitation. J Neurotrauma. 2015; 32(4):280-6. Abstract
 
  • Brown AW, Leibson CL, Mandrekar J, Ransom JE, Malec JF. Long-term survival after traumatic brain injury: a population-based analysis controlled for nonhead trauma. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2014 Jan-Feb; 29(1):E1-8.  Abstract

  • Bergquist, T.F., Yutsis, M., Micklewright, J. (2014). Comprehensive assessment. In Sherer, M., Sander, A; (Eds.). Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Traumatic Brain Injury. New York, NY: Springer. Abstract

  • Bergquist, T.F., Yutsis, M., Sullan, M.J. (2014). Satisfaction with Cognitive Rehabilitation Delivered via the Internet in Persons with Acquired Brain Injury. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 6 (2): 39-50. Abstract
 
  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

2014 Mitchell Rosenthal Award Announced

Mitchell Rosenthal, PhD, who passed away at age 58 in early 2007, played a significant role as a researcher, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems National Data Base (NDB) curator, and program administrator in the TBI Model Systems program. While he was not at the birth of the TBI MSs, he became involved while at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and Wayne State University in Detroit, assuming in 1990 the position of Project Director for the Southeastern Michigan TBI Model System, and becoming Project Director for the National Database and Statistical Center (NSDC) in 1993. When he moved to the Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Center in 1999, the funding for the NDSC was moved to the Northern New Jersey Model System.

As a principal curator of the NDB, Rosenthal implemented a number of innovations to improve the quality of the data and especially to enhance the role of the TBI NDB and the TBI Model Systems program in the world of TBI research. Among the former are the creation of an online NDB syllabus and the implementation of site visits to TBI MSs. In the latter category are, for instance, the initiation of a research registry for MSs collaborations on NDB analyses, and the creation of an expanded version of “Facts and Figures,” a quarterly newsletter describing NDB information, the clinical and research programs of individual MSs, and other information of interest to clinicians and consumers. Rosenthal gave many talks at meetings of clinicians and researchers, in the United States and internationally, in which he presented the purpose, methods, and contents of the NDB. He also started a program of distributing copies of the NDB syllabus to researchers in the United States and elsewhere, resulting in emulation of the NDB, or significant components of it, in many locations.


By virtue of his role as NDSC Project Director, Rosenthal chaired the TBI Model Systems Project Directors group, which plays a central role in planning, monitoring, and evaluating all TBI Model Systems’ cooperative efforts, including the NDB, module research, and many other activities; the TBI Model Systems played a role in, for example, the first two TBI Interagency Conferences, for which Rosenthal was on the planning committee. In his leadership capacity, he set the agenda for the semiannual Project Directors meeting (in consultation with NIDRR staff), chaired the group’s meetings, and followed up between meetings to make sure that the various committees and task forces performed their work and coordinated with one another.

In addition, Rosenthal was a prolific user of the NDB data. He (co)authored about 20 papers that used information from the data set to investigate topics such as the measurement of community integration, the resource cost of TBI rehabilitation, differences in outcomes between minorities and whites, and the prediction of long term outcomes in general and of employment in particular.

In 2008, the TBIMS Project Directors established the Rosenthal Award, to keep his legacy alive and inspire new generations of investigators. The award initially was given biannually to the best paper published in a peer-reviewed journal that uses NDB information to investigate some aspect of TBI, its treatment or natural history.

The Award for the 2006-2007 period was won by William C. Walker MD, Jennifer H. Marwitz MA, Jeffrey S. Kreutzer PhD, Tessa Hart PhD, and Thomas A. Novack PhD for their article “Occupational Categories and Return to Work After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Multicenter Study” (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2006, 87(12) 1576-82)

The Award for the 2008-2009 period was won by Jeffrey S. Kreutzer PhD, Lisa J. Rapport PhD, Jennifer H. Marwitz MA, Cynthia Harrison-Felix PhD, Tessa Hart PhD, Mel Glenn MD, and Flora Hammond MD for their article “Caregivers' well-being after traumatic brain injury: a multicenter prospective investigation” (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2009, 90(6) 939-46)


Given the increase in the number of papers published each year, the award was made an annual one in 2010.

The Award for 2010 was won by Tessa Hart PhD, Mark Sherer PhD, Nancy Temkin PhD, John Whyte MD, PhD, Sureyya Dikmen PhD, Allan Heinemann PhD, and Kathy Bell MD for their article “Participant-proxy agreement on objective and subjective aspects of societal participation following traumatic brain injury. (Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 2010, 25(5):339-48)

The Award for 2011 was won by Gale Whiteneck PhD, Marcel Dijkers PhD, Allen Heinemann PhD, Jennifer Bogner PhD, Tamara Bushnik PhD, Keith Cicerone PhD, John Corrigan PhD, Tessa Hart PhD, Jim Malec PhD, and Scott Millis PhD for their article “Development of the Participation Assessment with Recombined Tools-Objective for use after traumatic brain injury”. (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2011, 92(4):542-51.)

The Award for 2012 was won by Cynthia Harrison-Felix PhD, Scott E. D. Kreider MS, Juan C. Arango-Lasprilla PhD, Allen W. Brown MD, Marcel P. Dijkers PhD, Flora M. Hammond MD, Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner PhD, CBIST, Chari Hirshson PhD, Gale Whiteneck PhD, and Nathan D. Zasler MD, FAAPMR, FAADEP, DAAPM, CBIST for their paper “Life Expectancy Following Rehabilitation: A NIDRR Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Study”. (Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 2012;27(6):E69-80.)

The Award for 2013 was won by John Whyte MD, PhD, Risa Nakase-Richardson PhD, Flora M Hammond MD, Shane McNamee MD, Joseph T. Giacino PhD, Kathleen Kalmar PhD, Brian D. Greenwald MD, Stuart A. Yablon MD, and Lawrence J. Horn MD for their article “Functional outcomes in traumatic disorders of consciousness: 5-year outcomes from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems” (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2013; 94(10):1855-60.)

The Award for 2014 was won by John D. Corrigan, PhD, Jeffrey P. Cuthbert, PhD, MPH, Cynthia Harrison-Felix, PhD, Gale G. Whiteneck, PhD, Jeneita M. Bell MD, MPH, A. Cate Miller, PhD, Victor G. Coronado, MD, MPH, and Christopher R. Pretz PhD for their article “US population estimates of health and social outcomes 5 years".

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TBI Model System Work Featured in Four Publications

Recent work published by investigators at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UPMC-TBI) demonstrates that inflammation in the first week and in the first 6 months after injury is predictive of global outcome, depression, and impulsive and/or suicidal behavior. Inflammation after TBI, and its relationship to physiological functions, is an increasingly relevant topic for patient oriented research. Every individual’s inflammatory response after injury is unique and can be affected by, among other things, previous exposure to trauma or illness, severity of injury, or individual genetic differences. Validation of this work could lead to future patient care protocols for identifying inflammatory profiles that adversely impact outcomes, personalizing treatment and monitoring, and facilitating recovery after TBI. View the publications below.

  • Diamond ML, Ritter AC, Failla MD, Boles JA, Conley YP, Kochanek PM, Wagner AK. IL-1B associations with posttraumatic epilepsy development: A genetics and biomarker cohort study. Epilepsia. 2014 Apr 22. 
    • Access the abstract here.

  • Kumar RG, Boles JA, Wagner MD. Chronic inflammation after severe traumatic brain injury: Characterization and associations with outcome at 6 and 12 months postinjury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2014 Jun 4. 
    • Access the abstract here.

  • Juengst SB, Kumar RG, Arenth PM, Wagner AK. Exploratory associations with Tumor Necrosis Factor-a, disinhibition, and suicidal endorsement after traumatic brain injury.Brain Behav Immun. 2014 Jun 10. pii: S0889-1591(14)00163-9.
    • Access the abstract here

  • Juengst SB, Kumar RG, Failla MD, Goyal A, Wagner AK. Acute inflammatory biomarker profiles predict depression risk following moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2014 Feb 28.
    • Access the abstract here.




Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Mitchell Rosenthal Award

Mitchell Rosenthal, PhD, who passed away at age 58 in early 2007, played a significant role as a researcher, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems National Data Base (NDB) curator, and program administrator in the TBI Model Systems program. While he was not at the birth of the TBI MSs, he became involved while at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and Wayne State University, assuming in 1990 the position of Project Director for the Southeastern Michigan TBI Model System, and becoming Project Director for the National Database and Statistical Center (NSDC) in 1993. When he moved to the Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Center in 1999, the funding for the NDSC was moved to the Northern New Jersey Model System.

As a principal curator of the NDB, Rosenthal implemented a number of innovations to improve the quality of the data and especially to enhance the role of the TBI NDB and the TBI Model Systems program in the world of TBI research. Among the former are the creation of an online NDB syllabus and the implementation of site visits to TBI MSs. In the latter category are, for instance, the initiation of a research registry for MSs collaboration on NDB analyses, and the creation of an expanded version of “Facts and Figures,” a quarterly newsletter describing NDB information, the clinical and research programs of individual MSs, and other information of interest to clinicians and consumers. Rosenthal gave many talks at meetings of clinicians and researchers, in the United States and internationally, in which he presented the purpose, methods, and contents of the NDB. He also started a program of distributing copies of the NDB syllabus to researchers in the United States and elsewhere, resulting in emulation of the NDB, or significant components of it, in many locations.

By virtue of his role as NDSC Project Director, Rosenthal chaired the TBI Model Systems Project Directors group, which plays a central role in planning, monitoring, and evaluating all TBI Model Systems’ cooperative efforts, including the NDB, module research, and many other activities the TBI Model Systems played a role in, for example, the first two TBI Interagency Conferences. In his leadership capacity, he set the agenda for the semiannual Project Directors meeting (in consultation with NIDRR staff), chaired the group’s meetings, and followed up between meetings to make sure that the various committees and task forces performed their work and coordinated with one another.

In addition, Rosenthal was a prolific user of the NDB data. He (co)authored about 20 papers that used information from the data set to investigate topics such as the measurement of community integration, the resource cost of TBI rehabilitation, differences in outcomes between minorities and whites, and the prediction of long term outcomes in general and of employment in particular.

In 2008, the TBIMS Project Directors established the Rosenthal Award, to keep his legacy alive and inspire new generations of investigators. The award initially was given biannually to the best paper published in a peer-reviewed journal that uses NDB information to investigate some aspect of TBI, its treatment or natural history.

The Award for the 2006-2007 period was won by William C. Walker MD, Jennifer H. Marwitz MA, Jeffrey S. Kreutzer PhD, Tessa Hart PhD, and Thomas A. Novack PhD for their article “Occupational Categories and Return to Work After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Multicenter Study” (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2006, 87(12) 1576-82)

The Award for the 2008-2009 period was won by Jeffrey S. Kreutzer PhD, Lisa J. Rapport PhD, Jennifer H. Marwitz MA, Cynthia Harrison-Felix PhD, Tessa Hart PhD, Mel Glenn MD, and Flora Hammond MD for their article “Caregivers' well-being after traumatic brain injury: a multicenter prospective investigation” (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2009, 90(6) 939-46)

The Award for 2010 was won by Tessa Hart PhD, Mark Sherer PhD, Nancy Temkin PhD, John Whyte MD, PhD, Sureyya Dikmen PhD, Allan Heinemann PhD, and Kathy Bell MD for their article “Participant-proxy agreement on objective and subjective aspects of societal participation following traumatic brain injury. (Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 2010, 25(5):339-48)

The Award for 2011 was won by Gale Whiteneck PhD, Marcel Dijkers PhD, Allen Heinemann PhD, Jennifer Bogner PhD, Tamara Bushnik PhD, Keith Cicerone PhD, John Corrigan PhD, Tessa Hart PhD, Jim Malec PhD, and Scott Millis PhD for their article “Development of the Participation Assessment with Recombined Tools-Objective for use after traumatic brain injury”. (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2011, 92(4):542-51.)

The Award for 2012 was won by Cynthia Harrison-Felix PhD, Scott E. D. Kreider MS, Juan C. Arango-Lasprilla PhD, Allen W. Brown MD, Marcel P. Dijkers PhD, Flora M. Hammond MD, Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner PhD, CBIST, Chari Hirshson PhD, Gale Whiteneck PhD, and Nathan D. Zasler MD, FAAPMR, FAADEP, DAAPM, CBIST for their paper “Life Expectancy Following Rehabilitation: A NIDRR Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Study”. (Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 2012;27(6):E69-80.)

Given the increase in the number of papers published each year, the award was made an annual one in 2013.