Resiliency after Brain Injury

Resiliency after Brain Injury

Spaulding Research Institute for Brain Injury and Concussion Recovery partnered with actress Emilia Clarke’s foundation SameYou to improve the quality of care patients receive following neurological trauma. Thanks to SameYou’s vision and incredible generosity, we are launching a groundbreaking research study, the I RISE Research Project, to better understand the brain’s “resilience” both before and after an acquired brain injury- such as those caused by stroke, head trauma, and illness.

When it comes to the brain, peoples’ resilience (ability to thrive or bounce back after trauma) can vary dramatically even though their conditions may be very similar. Some patients with more serious injuries progress surprisingly well, and others with seemingly less complex conditions may struggle. Early-life experience and exposures, biology and genetics, injury severity, post-injury treatment, and even personal coping mechanisms like faith, beliefs, or outlook, all appear to play an important role.

Goals of I RISE:

  • Unravel how these biological, psychological, and social factors interact to influence patients’ course of recovery and their response to interventions.
  • Leverage our data to design treatment strategies that promote resilience and help patients have the best possible outcomes.