The Brain Injury Research Center (BIRC) distributes a seasonal e-newsletter with information on our current research studies, pertinent news related to TBI, and resources for health care professionals and others with an interest in brain injury topics.
With the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic evolving by the day, we must all do our part in slowing the spread of the virus within the community. The health and safety of our staff, participants, and patients is our priority and we are closely monitoring updates from the WHO, CDC and other institutions. For that reason, the Brain Injury Research Center is closed for in-person visits. However, we are all working remotely.
This issue highlights local Brain Injury Awareness Month events, and two recent publications at the BIRC, one providing groundbreaking results of methods used in our Late-Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury study, and the other focusing on results from TBI focus groups. The newsletter also features a compelling story of recovery and community engagement from one of our research participants.
This issue focuses on support groups available in New York for individuals with TBI and for family members and loved ones. We also discuss the importance of brain donation in its progression of research in TBI.
This issue discusses recent and exciting research in brain injury, including a new drug that may restore memory in brain-injured mice. It also covers some common myths and important facts about TBI, useful phone apps for people living with a brain injury, and anecdotes from long-term attendees of our support groups here at the BIRC.
This issue includes an interactive video with neuroscientist, Dr. Gillian Holtz, who answers our questions about concussion and a consumer report, written by one of our postdoctoral fellows, discussing whether health-related factors in older adults affect their risk for TBI.
This issue highlights brain injury awareness month, and provides information on how to register for both professional and caregiver webinars through the Brain Injury Association of America’s webinar series.
This issue of the newsletter discusses brain scans that may help predict return of consciousness in vegetative patients, as well as brain dictionary maps which show where specific words are represented in the mind. This issue includes a podcast as well, in which Gabrielle Guetta, one of our clinical research coordinators here at the BIRC, talks to Cavin Balaster and Alek Hess about TBI Model Systems and our center in general.
This issue spotlights Sergio Di Giovanni, the developer of the QCard App, a phone application that can help TBI survivors as well as those with ADHD, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and age-related cognitive decline.
Here we highlight passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act and touch upon Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Here we focus on the new regulations to limit headers in soccer, and discuss the movie, “Concussion.” This issue also includes an article by Kristen Dams-O’Connor, PhD, in which she discusses the strength and resilience of people reinventing their lives after a TBI.
This issue includes information about the effectiveness of cognitive rehab and the diagnosis, management, and treatment of concussion in children and adolescents.
We discuss the traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act of 2014 and the Medicaid waiver for people with TBI. In this issue we also briefly introduce the Brain Trauma Foundation, a resource for continued education for professionals caring for TBI patients.