IBIA News Update

IBIA continues to plan for its next International Congress in 2008. A scientific planning committee with international representation will be assembled to assist with the program planning for the meeting which will be held in April 2008. Please check in periodically for updates to the IBIA website at internationalbrain.org. IBIA is also currently planning to work with WFNR to plan a conjoint meeting on MTBI associated with the 2008 international congress. We encourage IBIA members to begin to think about papers and talks for submission to the meeting.

IBIA membership benefits abound including a subscription to the peer-reviewed international scientific journal, Brain Injury, the official endorsed journal of IBIA. Regular issues of the NeuroTrauma Letter, the web-based publication of IBIA, continue to provide up to date information regarding current topics and controversies in the field of brain injury medicine and rehabilitation, new book announcements, product reviews, current literature and book reviews. The use of our list serve is an additional member benefit as are discounts on key publications such as Dr. Zasler¹s latest multi-author edited text: "Brain Injury Medicine: Principles and Practice". Members also receive significant discounts on IBIA sponsored meetings including the biennial international congress.

IBIAs Chairperson, Nathan Zasler, MD and Treasurer, Jose Leon Carrion, PhD recently were invited speakers at the 6 th Mediterranean Congress of PRM in Villamoura, Portugal in October 2006. There talks were extremely well received. Dr. Zasler also had the opportunity to assist Dr. Jorge Lains, the conference chairperson, with the assessment and treatment planning of one of his more challenging patients with TBI related neurobehavioral problems.

IBIA is also very pleased to note that two of its members have recently published major textbooks in the field of brain injury:

Brain Injury TreatmentBrain Injury Treatment 
Theories and Practices 
by Jose Leon-Carrion, Klaus R. H. von Wild, George A. Zitnay

Hardback Book: 1841695726 | 16 MAR 2006 | $125.00 USD

Table of Contents

Prehospital Management of Traumatic Brain Injury. Mild Brain Injury: Detecting High Risk Patients. Organization of Neurological Intensive Care Units. Current Concepts and Strategies on Early Neurohabilitation for Patients with Traumatic Injury (TBI). Electrical Treatment of Coma. Low-level responsive states. Diagnosing and treating affective disorders after brain injury. Sleep Disorders in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury. Rehabilitation of Equilibrium and Posture Control after Brain Injury. Neuropharmacological Management of Impairment after Traumatic Brain Injury. Spasticity of Cerebral Origin. Rehabilitation in Water. Neuropsychological Assessment of Persons with Acquired Brain Injury. Sevilla Neuropsychological test-Battery (BNS) for the assessment of Executive Functioning. Methods and Tools for the Assessment of Outcome after Brain Injury Rehabilitation. Assessment of Response Bias in Impairment and Disability Examinations. Rehabilitation of Cognitive Disorders after Acquired Brain Injury: The Combine Method (TCM). Neuropsychological Recovery: Children & Adolescents Following Traumatic Brain Injury. Medical Rehabilitation of TBI after Intensive Care. The holistic, multidisciplinary and intensive approach of treatment: the CRECER method. The Role of Stem Cells in the Rehabilitation of Brain Injury. Complementary Medicine and TBI. The Role of Family in the Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients: Advocate or Co-Therapist. Return to Work after Brain Injury.

Brain Injury MedicineBrain Injury Medicine 
Principles and Practice 
Nathan D. Zasler, MD, Douglas I Katz, MD and Ross D. Zafonte, DO, Editors 
Published 2007 
Demos Medical Publishing; New York, New York 1304 pp Hardcover 
ISBN 1888799935 / 9781888799934 Price: $199.00 
Brain Injury Medicine: Principles and Practice is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the management issues involved in caring for the person with brain injury - from early diagnosis and evaluation through the post-acute period and rehabilitation. It is the definitive core text needed by all practitioners in this area, including physiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, nurses, and other health care professionals. Written by over 100 acknowledged international leaders in the field, and containing hundreds of tables, graphs, and photographic images, the text deals with issues of neuroimaging and neurodiagnostic testing, prognosis and outcome, acute care, rehabilitative care, treatment of specific populations, neurologic problems following injury, neuromusculoskeletal problems, and general management issues.

Key features include:

  • Emphasis on a disease state management approach to patient assessment and treatment
  • Promotion of a holistic, biopsychosocial model of patient assessment and care
  • Review of current expert consensus on practice guidelines
  • Exploration of epidemiologic and basic pathophysiologic aspects of brain injury
  • Examination of clinical issues throughout the continuum of rehabilitative care
  • Cutting edge, practical information based on the authors' extensive clinical experience that will positively impact patients and families following brain injury