The TRANSCENDENT Concussion Research Program is an initiative funded by the Ontario Brain Institute aimed at improving concussion diagnosis and care. Through the TRANSCENDENT program, leading concussion researchers and healthcare professionals will help members of the public with concussion and will work together to create a concussion research database. This database will be used to explore important questions about concussions, including:
What interventions reduce symptoms and improve recovery post-concussion?
How do characteristics (for example, gender, age and injury mechanism) influence recovery outcomes?
How do you best return to cognitive activities at school and work after a concussion?
How can we use innovative approaches (for example, machine learning, advanced neuroanalytics and precision medicine)?
How can we better detect concussion (for example, using neuroimaging and fluid biomarkers) to predict prolonged symptoms and determine recovery?
How can improvements in concussion diagnosis help ensure that all Canadians (including those in rural and remote areas) have access to care?
How can we use large amounts of data to support population health and determine long-term outcomes following concussion?
How can we support people to best return to physical activity after a concussion?
Our vision is to be a global centre of excellence in concussion research that will transform clinical care in order to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by concussions.
Through the TRANSCENDENT Research Program we aim to:
Foster collaborations between researchers and healthcare professionals at leading Universities and health centres to advance concussion research and share new discoveries with those who need it most (including children and adults who have experienced concussions).
Develop evidence-based recommendations and interventions that support the diagnosis, treatment and management of concussions. These recommendations will be shared with healthcare professionals in a timely manner to ensure that people living with concussions are receiving the most up-to-date care.
Engage key concussion partners (for example, patients, caregivers, teachers or sport coaches) to identify opportunities for future research, policies and education.
Educate the public about concussions in new and meaningful ways.