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TIRR Foundation is advancing medical science, improving care, and enhancing lives for people with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries

1.7 million people each year sustain a traumatic brain injury in the U.S.

TIRR Foundation seeks to improve the recovery, health, and quality of life for people who have sustained a spinal cord or brain injury by funding innovative research to find a cure and by fostering programs that advance rehabilitative medicine.

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Every dollar TIRR Foundation receives is leveraged 25X by researchers

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Millions of people worldwide struggle each day with the debilitating effects of central nervous system damage. The endeavor to understand how our central nervous system functions, responds to injury, and recovers has been ongoing for centuries.

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TIRR Family is filled with individuals whose lives have been personally impacted by catastrophic injury, and those who are impassioned to support the goals and efforts of TIRR Foundation.

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TIRR Foundation hosts a number of events, ranging from sports to elegant dinners to fun dances. With the help of our board and volunteers, all TIRR events focus on fun, fellowship and FUNDING!

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TIRR News / April 22, 2020

Integrating Perspectives in Spinal Cord Injury Research

March 1, 2020 was the submission deadline for Mission Connect's new research funding award, Integrating Perspectives in Spinal Cord Injury Research. Five highly promising investigations were submitted before the COVID-19 crisis began and are currently in the hands of members of Mission Connect's External Review Committee (ERC).


TIRR News / April 22, 2020

A Valentine’s Message from Emily Conner Hempel

Most people think that when a person becomes paralyzed that the person simply cannot walk anymore. However, the reality is that there are quite a few systems of the body that are effected by a spinal cord injury (SCI). Body temperature regulation, skin breakdown, high/low blood pressure, neurogenic bowel/bladder issues, osteoporosis, muscle contracture, decreased lung capacity, hypersensitivity, potential sexual dysfunction, and decreased metabolism (I’m sure I missed a few). Not to mention the psychological and social effects of an SCI or disability.


TIRR News / April 22, 2020

Taste of TIRR Rescheduled for October 8, 2020

Never Fear...Taste of TIRR has been rescheduled! Maudie Werlin and Cynthia Adkins have been hard at work coordinating with the River Oaks Country Club and chef John Tasar to reschedule our 2020 Celebrity Chef's Dinner. The new date is Thursday, October 8. Taste of TIRR was nearing sell-out before COVID-19 closures became eminent. This means we still have seating available for guests who had not yet responded or had a conflict on the original date.


TIRR News / April 22, 2020

TIRR Foundation Board of Directors, TIRR Family, and Guests Visit Texas A&M University (TAMU)

On February 24, members of TIRR Foundation's Board of Directors, TIRR Family and guests boarded a bus at 7:30 am and headed to College Station for a tour of Mission Connect labs focused on spinal cord injury repair and regeneration. As part of TIRR Foundation's Spinal Cord Injury Research Hiring Initiative, four new researchers were hired to open Mission Connect labs within four schools at TAMU. TIRR Foundation's $1.5 million investment in SCI research at TAMU has created a powerful collaborative platform at this institution which further strengthens Mission Connect.