Research on The Four Pillars
The Watson Centre for Brain Health is committed to delivering a comprehensive program for people with brain injuries. Our program implements a four-pillared approach that is focused on improving quality of life through increasing capacities. Our approach is focused on interdisciplinary cognitive, physical and emotional healing.
Our goal is to serve people suffering from persisting symptoms due to brain injury. Our program identifies areas of concern for our clients and then develops a personalized, non-invasive rehabilitation plan. With the support of our staff, comprised of certified cognitive instructors, personal trainers and clinical counsellors, we will implement individualized programs and measure the progress of our clients. To our knowledge, no other organization is implementing programs with this level of rigour for people with brain injuries. We are excited to be serving our community and clients in this way as we believe that together we will help so many to become more independent.
Learn more about the research on the impact of exercise for those with traumatic brain injury. Affective responses after different intensities of exercise in patients with traumatic brain injury. (From Frontiers of Neuroscience).
Research on the impact of mindfulness as a method to reduce stress for people with stroke or traumatic brain injury. (Journal of Brain Injury).
Research on the impact of counselling for people with traumatic brain injury.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 May; 86(5):851-6.
The effect of a scheduled telephone intervention on outcome after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury: a randomized trial. (Physical Exercise and Rehabilitation).
In June of 2015 The Watson Centre for Brain Health (WCBH) with the Arrowsmith Program began a research study to measure the impact of applying our program to for people with traumatic brain injury. The study was conducted by Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul from University of British Columbia’s Centre for Brain Health.
Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul and her research team are studying the impact of non-invasive cognitive rehabilitation and its influence on individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. The study is being conducted at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia.
The Watson Centre for Brain Health team is very excited about this study and the support it has received.
A Message from Dr. Nazrin Virji-Babul:
“The most important thing we have learned from the pilot project using the Arrowsmith intervention/Watson Centre Program is that the brain has an incredible capacity to change. What we have seen – even with a small group of participants – many of whom who had a chronic brain injury – is that intervention/stimulation can make a change in the brain and in cognitive/behavioural function. We still have lots to learn about how to best target intervention and many questions to answer about the amount and type of intervention that can lead to most optimal recovery.”