Summary of the Committee’s Recommendations
The following is a summary of the committee’s recommendations. Complete text of each recommendation can be found in the corresponding chapters.
Focus on Increasing Knowledge of Basic Biology and Therapeutic Approaches
Increase Efforts to Develop Therapeutic Interventions (Recommendation 5.1) Specifically, research is needed to:
improve understanding of the basic mechanisms and identify suitable targets to promote neuroprotection, foster axonal growth, enhance axonal guidance, regulate the maintenance of appropriate synaptic connections, and reestablish functional neuronal and glial circuitry; and
enhance understanding of proper postinjury care and rehabilitation, such as retraining, relearning, and the use of neuroprostheses, to create the groundwork required to maintain and enhance the maximal potential for full recovery.
Develop a Strategic Plan for Combination Therapeutic Approaches (Recommendation 5.2)
Bolster and Coordinate Research on Neuronal Injury and Repair (Recommendation 7.1)
Improve and Standardize Research Tools and Assessment Techniques (Recommendation 3.2)
Increase Training Efforts on Standardized Research Tools and Techniques (Recommendation 3.1)