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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 / September 24, 2020

Leadership Newsletter - Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Edition

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TIRR News / July 27, 2020

TIRR Foundation’s longtime board member continues to speak on behalf of those with disabilities.

Lex Frieden was instrumental with his help in writing the American’s with Disabilities Act.

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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).

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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.

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