The Center has partnered with the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury (CASBI) at Weill Cornell Medical College, which seeks to understand mechanisms of recovery following severe brain injuries and to develop novel therapeutic interventions and strategies. Through translational research and public policy engagement, CASBI works to affirm the rights of individuals with brain injury and overcome the scientific and societal barriers that can limit their maximal integration into our society. Dr. Joseph J. Fins, the co-director of CASBI, is a scholar in residence at the Center and collaborates with students and faculty to explore the impact that law and health policies have on this vulnerable population. The development of this project is further described at Solomon Center's [email protected]. For 2016-18, Megan Wright (YLS '16) is serving as a research fellow and senior advisor on this project.

Publications that have resulted from this collaboration include:

Joseph J. Fins, "Brain Injury and the Civil Right We Don’t Think About," The NY Times (Aug. 2017).

Megan S. Wright ’16, Michael R. Ulrich, Joseph J. Fins, "Guardianship and Clinical Research Participation: The Case of Wards with Disorders of Consciousness," 27(1) Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 43 (Mar. 2017).

Joseph J. Fins, "Why Advances in Treating Those with Brain Injury Require Advances in Respecting their Rights," The Huffington Post (Jan. 2017).

Megan Wright (YLS ’16), with Joseph J. Fins, “Rehabilitation, Education, and the Integration of Individuals with Severe Brain Injury into Civil Society:  Towards an Expanded Rights Agenda in Response to New Insights from Translational Neuroethics and Neuroscience,” 16 Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics 233 (Aug. 2016).

Michael R. Ulrich, Megan S. Wright ('16), Kyle Edwards ('18), Nathan Guevremont ('18), Joel Ramirez ('17), Nina Viarsava ('18), Joseph J. Fins, “Lincoln’s Promise: Congress, Veterans, and Traumatic Brain Injury," Hastings Center Bioethics Forum (June 2016).

Joseph J. Fins, Megan S. Wright ('16), Claudia Kraft ('15), Alix Rogers ('15), Marina B. Romani ('16), Samantha Godwin (LLM), Michael R. Ulrich, "Wither the "Improvement Standard"? Coverage for Severe Brain Injury After Jimmo v. Sebelius," 44 Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics 182 (Jan. 2016).

Joseph J. Fins, “Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness,” Cambridge University Press (Aug. 2015).