About the Institute
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
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.
- National Institutes of Health
- UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth
- Children's Medical Center
- Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
- Dallas VA Medical Center
- Parkland Health & Hospital System
- Texas Health Resources
- Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine
- 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.