CDISC and One Mind Announce Availability of Research Data Standard for Traumatic Brain Injury





CDISC Contact:

Andrea Vadakin



One Mind Contact:

Brooke Whitney



Austin, TX – 20 January 2016 – The Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) and One Mind are pleased to announce the availability of version 1.0 of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) research data standard, openly accessible on the CDISC website. The TBI standard was developed by a consortium of medical and technical experts to enable the harmonization of clinical data pertaining to TBI studies, streamlining research processes and improving analysis capabilities to ensure accelerated learning, better science, and to advance treatments for patients with TBI. This achievement will pave the way for related standards, such as for Post-Traumatic Stress, which will be the focus of a fundraiser on 03 March 2016 at the Texas Medical Association building in Austin, Texas.

Traumatic Brain Injury affects more than 2.5 million people each year, in the United States alone. Added to this, the majority of results from research being conducted on TBI cannot be shared effectively with other researchers in the field of neurology and mental health because the data does not speak the same language across studies. Of course, publications can be shared, but the actual data are needed for appropriate interpretation. The TBI research data standard enables the aggregation and comparison of TBI data across studies and drug programs by describing the common kinds of data needed for traumatic brain injury studies, and defining concepts in a clear, unambiguous way. Utilization of CDISC standards in clinical research studies has been found to significantly reduce the time and cost associated with research, while improving quality, and enabling the more rapid development of medical products and therapies for patients.

“There have been 320,000 military TBI cases since 9/11, which is a huge issue for the military. However, that doesn’t include the 2.5 million people who are affected by TBIs in the United States each year. This is also a big problem,” General Peter Chiarelli (Retired), One Mind CEO, commented. “Creating a research data standard for TBI is a great step in advancing a research paradigm that will forever change the way we conduct research and fund programs to cure all diseases.”

“CDISC is delighted to announce with One Mind the availability of this groundbreaking research data standard for traumatic brain injury,” Dr. Rebecca Kush, CDISC President and CEO, remarked. “We encourage all of those conducting research studies on TBI to implement this standard into their processes. Through effective utilization of this standard, it becomes possible for disparate organizations to share key findings for TBI, thus unlocking the potential to more quickly develop new or improved treatments for patients suffering from this serious public health concern.”

CDISC and One Mind will continue their collaboration through 2016, working together to develop two more standards related to mental health for Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Major Depressive Disorder. To support these efforts, CDISC and One Mind will be co-hosting a public benefit on 03 March 2016 in Austin, Texas, entitled: Cowboy Up! An Evening of Collaboration for PTS & Mental Health Research. The event is kindly being sponsored by a number of generous contributors, including the Audie Murphy Chapter of the Association of the United States Army. Thought leaders on mental health will speak during the event, including General Peter Chiarelli (Ret.), One Mind CEO; TBI patient and advocate Sergeant First Class Victor Medina (Ret.); advocate Roxanna Delgado, PhD; and Clay Johnston, MD, PhD, Dean of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. The event will also feature live music from local artists, as well as hors d’oeuvres and drinks from Austin establishments. More information about this event, including sponsorship opportunities, can be found on the CDISC website here


CDISC is a 501(c)(3) global non-profit charitable organization that streamlines research and enables connections to healthcare through the development of clinical research data standards. CDISC has developed a suite of standards to support clinical research from protocol through analysis and reporting, including therapeutic area specific standards for over 25 disease areas. CDISC standards make it possible for data to speak the same language, empowering simple data collection and private sharing that makes the most of the valuable information offered by patients participating in research studies around the globe. Using CDISC standards from the start of studies enables Smarter Research to Unlock Cures, saving ~60% overall in terms of time and resources to conduct research. CDISC is the patient’s advocate, creating therapeutic area data standards that advance medical product development and various types of clinical research. Use #Collaborate4PTS to join the social conversation.

About One Mind

One Mind is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to benefiting all affected by brain illness and injury through fostering fundamental changes that will radically accelerate the development and implementation of improved diagnostics, treatments, and cures; while eliminating the stigma. One Mind believes in open science principles and creates global public-private partnerships between governmental, corporate, scientific, and philanthropic communities. Visit us at or follow us via Twitteror Facebook. Use #Collaborate4PTS to join the social conversation.