Researching What Happens to the Brain Following an Injury or a Concussion

Brain Trauma Evidence-Based Consortium (B-TEC)

Launched in 2014 with funding by the U.S. Department of Defense to Stanford University, and subcontracted to the Brain Trauma Foundation, B-TEC brings together brain injury experts from the Brain Trauma Foundation, Stanford University, Oregon Health and Sciences University, and Portland State University. The Consortium's aim is to develop an evidence-based classification for the spectrum of traumatic brain injury, including concussion, and to model post-injury trajectories and outcomes.

Core Objectives:

1. To establish evidence for concussion subtypes, describing their prevalence in head injured patients, and informating how each subtype recovers. Goals of this work are to lead to targeted management strategies to effect better care.

2. To maximize the utility of scientific effortrs to-date that address the epidemic of concussion and brain trauma, for the purpose of deriving a clinically useful classification system, and evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and outcomes. 

3. To create a consortium among the neurotrauma community that will inspire a commitment to the principles of evidence-based medicine in the design and conduct of brain trauma research.

4. To continue updating the Brain Trauma Foundation traumatic brain injury guidelines.

Key Research Areas:

  • Concussion Subtypes
  • Sports-related Concussion
  • Head Injury in Children
  • Classification of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Pediatric Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Adult In-Hospital Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Pre-Hospital Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Adults and Children
  • Brain Injury Algorithm Development

Brain Trauma Foundation

Founded by Center Director, Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, in 1986, the Brain Trauma Foundation was created to provide ongoing support for research on TBI. In the three decades since its founding, the Foundation continues to focus on conducting innovative clinical research, updating evidence-based guidelines, and working towards improving outcomes for the millions of people who suffer from traumatic brain injuries every year.