The Concussion Research Program is the coordinating center for an international network of multidisciplinary researchers who combine resources and expertise to rapidly, efficiently, and effectively conduct studies on concussion. Researchers from Boston-based Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Massachusetts General Hospital, MassGeneral Hospital for Children™, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School collaborate with those across the United States, Canada, and Australia in order to greatly accelerate the rate at which studies can be completed, information disseminated to the medical and scientific community, and the findings are translated into better clinical care.
We approach our research from a broad biopsychosocial perspective, meaning that we consider the whole person, the family system, and the environment in which the person lives and works. We use diverse technologies, biomarkers, and outcome measures such as genomics, structural brain imaging, microstructural brain imaging (i.e., diffusion tensor imaging), functional brain imaging, cognitive testing, psychological assessment, and balance testing.
We provide research training and experience to graduate students, medical residents, and post-doctoral fellows seeking careers in health service delivery or clinical research. We mentor junior faculty members and promote their careers in the areas of concussion, rehabilitation medicine, and sports neuropsychology. We present the findings from our research at national and international medical and scientific conferences, and we publish these findings in medical and scientific journals.
The Sports Concussion Clinic at MassGeneral Hospital for Children cares for children, adolescents and college-aged adults who have sustained concussions while playing sports or other recreational activities.