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Who We Are

The Only Collaborative Research Foundation in the United States

The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that seeks to improve the lives of people who have sustained central nervous system damage through injury or disease. TIRR Foundation created, directs and funds Mission Connect, a collaborative neurotrauma research project. Mission Connect is focused on supporting the discovery of preventions, treatments and cures for central nervous system damage caused by brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases.

TIRR Foundation also supports youth programs including a summer camp and sports team for wheelchair dependent children and  young adults. Furthermore, to aid with the rehabilitation of patients, TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) provides funding to purchase critical equipment within one of Houston's premier rehabilitation outpatient clinics.


TIRR Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1987 to support TIRR Hospital. In 2006, TIRR Foundation transitioned into an independent, public charity separate from the hospital. The goals and programs of TIRR Foundation endure, and, in particular, our mission to improve the lives of those who have sustained a severe neurological injury.

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TIRR Foundation is powered by a vibrant community of volunteers who lend their time and dedication passion to many different opportunities and events within our organization.

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TIRR Family is an organization of individuals that evolved following the tragic injury of an amazing young woman, Emily Conner. Emily’s spinal cord injury (SCI), which caused paralysis form the waist down, galvanized her family and friends to ensure that SCI became a priority among the medical research profession.

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