About the Institute

The Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair at UT Southwestern Medical Center (TIBIR)  is a component of the Harold and Annette Simmons Comprehensive Center for Research and Treatment in Brain and Neurological Disorders, and will explore the full spectrum of brain injuries including strokes and spinal cord injuries with a primary focus on traumatic brain injury using a four-pronged approach:

  • Innovative neuroscience research
  • Clinical translation
  • Education and prevention
  • Comprehensive clinical care
Collage of Hunt Batjer, Mark goldberg, and Kathleen Bell

Under the guidance of Hunt Batjer, M.D., Chair of Neurological Surgery (on left), Mark Goldberg, M.D., Chair of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics (center), and Kathleen Bell, M.D., Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (right),TIBIR is designed to propel dramatic progress in the understanding and treatment of mild, moderate, and severe brain injuries through high-impact preclinical and clinical research.

Steering Committee

Greg Fitz, M.D., Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean

David Russell, Ph.D., Vice Provost and Dean of Basic Research

Hunt Batjer, M.D., TIBIR Co-Chair

Mark Goldberg, M.D., TIBIR Co-Chair

Kathleen Bell, M.D., TIBIR Co-Chair


The TIBIR initiative is highly collaborative and many organizations, both local and national have come together to find better ways to prevent and treat brain injuries.

(from l-r) Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, UTSW President; Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner; Dr. Hunt Batjer, Chair of Neurologicial Surgery; Dr. Mark Goldberg, Chair of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at the 2014 Paul M. Bass Neurosurgery Symposium on Traumatic Brain Injury.
(l-r) Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D., UTSW President; Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner; Hunt Batjer, M.D., Chair of Neurologicial Surgery; Mark Goldberg, M.D., Chair of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at the 2014 Paul M. Bass Neurosurgery Symposium on Traumatic Brain Injury.

We also will leverage organizations such as the National Football League (NFL), U.S. Department of Defense, and Texas Association of Athletic Trainers.


  • The State of Texas has provided funding to support this launch – the largest allocation for this type of brain injury initiative in the State’s history – $6 million for the current budget year.
  • Both the NFL and the Department of Defense testified before the Texas Legislature in support of UT Southwestern becoming a hub for the research and treatment of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • UT Southwestern has received intense support from the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association (TSATA). Michael “Spanky” Stephens, its executive director, led a task force of physicians, licensed athletic trainers, and brain trauma researchers and specialist to write HB 2038 (“Natasha’s Law”), which was passed in 2011 and defines concussion and return-to-play protocols for any high school student athlete in Texas. The organization’s ongoing support will be needed, particularly as high schools and athletic trainers are included in research/development of brain injury/concussion database.