Kennedy Krieger Institute has a long-standing history of excellence in clinical care and research related to children with acquired brain injury. Over the past 18 years, Kennedy Krieger’s brain injury clinical researchers have published more than 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts related to predicting and measuring outcome in children with brain injury. These research contributions provide answers to the questions that families and providers ask after a child has a brain injury. In 2014, the Brain Injury Clinical Research Center was established to further research efforts in brain injury at Kennedy Krieger.

Mission: To conduct and promote transformative clinical research designed to drive best practices in clinical care to help children and adolescents with brain injury achieve their potential.

Vision: To be the premier center for clinical research in pediatric brain injury rehabilitation and outcome.

Current Research Projects: 

Children aged 10-17 years old who recently had a concussion, and children aged 15-17 years old who have never had a concussion. Currently recruiting. 

Kennedy Krieger Measurement Scales:

In the late 1990s, Kennedy Krieger clinicians and staff members began developing ways to measure very low levels of physical and cognitive functioning in pediatric patients. They started out by identifying the most important signs of recovery in these children, and then, in the early 2000s, used those signs to create a set of four scales—now called the Kennedy Krieger Scales—to measure recovery. The scales are available to rehabilitation centers free of charge and used around the world. Learn more