Acquired Brain Injury

What is acquired brain injury?

Acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain after birth. This may be either traumatic or non-traumatic.

There are around 350,000 hospital admissions every year in the UK relating to ABIs.


Traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is most commonly associated with accidents, assaults and falls that lead to a head injury and trauma to the brain.

TBI can range from minor brain injuries to severe injuries causing long-term disability.


Non-traumatic brain injury

Non-traumatic brain injury (non-TBI) may derive from either an internal (stroke, brain tumour) or external (poisoning, substance abuse) source.


Treatment and recovery

While the outcome of a brain injury depends largely upon the nature and severity of the injury itself, appropriate treatment plays a vital role in determining the level of recovery. For many people with severe brain injuries, long-term rehabilitation is necessary to maximise function and independence.


How we help

Acquired brain injury is one of Brain Research Trust’s three priority research areas. This means that we have identified a large unmet need in this area. You can read more about our research priorities here.