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The CHRONIC PAIN AFTER MODERATE TO SEVERE TBI MULTI-SITE PROJECT

The Characterization and Treatment of Chronic Pain after Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Multi-Site project is a collaborative research study to gain knowledge on chronic pain and pain treatment after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Study participants must be already enrolled in the TBIMS project at one of the participating study sites. At the time of TBIMS follow-up interview, TBIMS participants will be invited to take part in interviews and surveys to gather detailed information on chronic pain, including identifying the most common types of pain, co-occurring pain conditions, treatments that have been more or less successful and learning from both individuals with TBI and providers what the facilitators and barriers are to appropriate pain treatment for those with TBI.

If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact the Research Department: Clare Morey at 303-789-8621, cmorey@craighospital.org.


The Pet Project: A Qualitative Exploration of Pet Ownership and Quality of Life Among Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

Craig Hospital is currently recruiting individuals to participate in a research study designed to explore the experience of pet ownership after SCI. You do not have to currently own a pet to take part in this study. Participants will be asked to take part in a one-time focus group discussion for the purpose of sharing perspectives and opinions on having pets following injury. Following the conclusion of the group, participants will be compensated for their time.

Prospective participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a history of spinal cord injury/disorder (SCI/D) with related residual sensory and/or motor function impairments
  • Are at least one year post injury
  • Are 18 years or older
  • Are English-speaking
  • Have access to the internet and a laptop/desktop computer/smartphone with a webcam and the ability and willingness to download Zoom software to join a video conference

If you would like more information about this study or would like to see if you qualify, please contact Bria MacIntyre at 303-789-8757, bmacintyre@craighospital.org.


Biofeedback Treatment of Anxiety Associated with Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

Craig Hospital is currently recruiting participants with SCI for a research study to test an intervention designed to treat stress and anxiety.

Do you or someone you know have:

  • A diagnosis of tetraplegia and experience residual sensory or motor impairments?
  • The desire to reduce stress and anxiety?
  • Availability to complete a self-administered intervention twice a week for 4 weeks at home?

If you would like more information about this project or to see if you qualify, please call Bria MacIntyre at 303-789-8757, bmacintyre@craighospital.org


Augmented Reality & Treadmill Training After Traumatic Brain Injury

Craig Hospital is currently recruiting participants with TBI for a research study to test an intervention designed to treat balance.

Have you or someone you know:

  • Sustained a TBI requiring inpatient rehabilitation?
  • Not currently participating in any other research studies to address balance & gait impairments?
  • Not currently participating in physical therapy?
  • Walk with minimal assistance and/or assistive devices?
  • Have availability to come to Craig three times per week for four weeks?

    If so, please call or email the Craig Research Department to learn more about the study and to see if you meet the eligibility requirements.

    Kaitlin Hays 303.789.8276 • khays@craighospital.org


    Brivaracetam to Reduce Neuropathic Pain in Chronic SCI: A Pilot Trial

    Craig Hospital and the University of Minnesota are studying the effects of an investigational drug with individuals that have a spinal cord injury and severe neuropathic pain. Participants will be studied over the course of three months. There will be three study visits, and we will ask you to take the investigational drug, complete survey assessments, and have two research MRIs and blood draws. Following completion of your study visits, you will be compensated for your time.

    To participate you must:

    • Have completed inpatient rehabilitation and are living in the community
    • Have severe below-level neuropathic pain (daily average of 9/10 or 10/10)
    • Have tried and failed to achieve adequate pain relief with the use of other drugs
    • Not have progressive myelopathy
    • Not have a brain injury that limits ability to follow directions
    • Not be pregnant or lactating
    • Not have epilepsy
    • Not have impaired liver or renal function
    • Not have contraindications to Brivaracetam

    If you are interested in learning more about this research opportunity, please contact Abby Welch in the Research Department at awelch@craighospital.org or 303-789-8039


    Craig Caregiver Assessment of Rewards and Effort (C2ARE) –Validation Study of a new tool to assess caregiver distress and benefit

    The purpose of this study is to test a newly developed measure designed to assess SCI-specific caregiver distress and benefit. Study participants will be asked to complete a quick survey by phone or online.

    To be eligible, you must currently be:

    • providing assistance to a family member with SCI
    • 18 years of age or older, and
    • able to read and understand English

    If you would like more information about this project or to see if you qualify, please contact Abby Welch at 303-789-8039, awelch@craighospital.org, or Jody Newman at 303-789-8639, jnewman@craighospital.org


    Development and Validation of an Abbreviated Cognitive Screening Battery for Individuals with SCI

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of a screening battery of thinking skills in a spinal cord injury population. Participants will complete a series of questionnaires and study testing via Zoom video conference.

    To be eligible, you must:

    • Have a traumatic spinal cord injury
    • Not have a diagnosed history or brain injury or concussion
    • Be between the ages of 18 and 64
    • Speak English fluently

    If you would like more information about this study or to see if you qualify, please contact Jenn Coker at 303-789-8229 or jcoker@craighospital.org or Abby Welch at 3030-789-8039 or awelch@craighospital.org


    Exploring Autoimmunity after Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury – A Pilot Study

    The purpose of this study is to explore if there are biomarkers of changes in the immune system after a traumatic spinal cord injury that may play a critical role in neurological recovery after spinal cord injury. Participants will complete questionnaires and provide a blood sample. Participants with spinal cord injury will be current inpatients at Craig Hospital and will be approached by study staff. However, we are also seeking participants WITHOUT spinal cord injury from the community.

    To be eligible, you must:

    • Not have a spinal cord injury
    • Be between the ages of 18 and 89

    If you are interested in hearing more about the study or finding out if you qualify, please contact Delaney Evans at devans@craighospital.org