RR&D Brain Rehabilitation Research Center (BRRC)
The BRRC works to find treatments that will lead to recovery of function after neurologic disease or injury
With a wide range of expertise, BRRC investigators work together to find treatments to restore functions impaired by neurologic injury or disease.
We are located in the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville, Florida
The BRRC is a Center of Excellence in Gainesville, Florida, funded since 1999 by the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service. The mission of the BRRC is to develop and test treatments that harness neuroplasticity to substantially improve or restore motor, cognitive, and emotional functions impaired by neurologic disease or injury.
Janis J. Daly, PT, PhD <> An article reporting groundbreaking work Dr. Daly directed was published by the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In conjunction with the article, the journal also published an editorial about the significance of the article and a 12-minute interview with Dr. Daly about the work. The study showed that arm and hand functions severely impaired by stroke can be significantly improved by intensive treatment, even if treatment begins more than 6 months after the stroke, when no further spontaneous recovery would occur. The complete article is available here, and it was also featured in a recent BRRC newsletter (accessible version here).
Carolynn Patten, PT, PhD <> Dr. Patten was named a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor for 2015-2018 and has also been named winner of the Linda Crane Research Award from the Florida Physical Therapy Association.
Above is an example of the kind of imaging that is used by BRRC investigators to study effects of injury to the brain and the effect of treatment.