An Invitation to Washington D.C.
As Chairperson and President of the IBIA 8th World Congress on Brain Injury to be held March 10 - 14, 2010 in Washington, D.C., USA, we would like to invite the participation of all professionals involved with serving persons with acquired brain injury to this international Congress and meeting of minds. We are very excited about having the meeting in the United States and in particular, its capital, Washington, D.C. This is the first time in our history that a World Congress has been held in the USA. Washington, D.C. is a culturally diverse city with many fine hotels, restaurants, museums, culture events and historical landmarks. The meeting is expected to be the largest IBIA meeting in our history and in many ways the most exciting. We hope that you will join us for this unprecedented event. [Read more...]
Neurofeedback Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury
Following acute TBI rehabilitation there have been a limited number of strategies that have been used in the treatment of cognitive disorders. These methods have included restorative cognitive rehabilitation procedures that utilize stimulation and practice (e.g., of vigilance with a computer intervention); strategy cognitive rehabilitation (e.g., utilizing visualization, creating associations), compensatory cognitive rehabilitation strategies; and medications (e.g., cognitive enhancing medications directed at arousal, attention and/or memory). All of these methodologies provide at best modest improvements, but it is still common for patients with TBI to be told that after a year and a half they have obtained about all of the improvement that they can expect, and that, therefore, they must simply adjust to the current state of affairs. [full story]
Tips from a Clinician for Expert Witness Testimony in ABI Cases
Clinicians who venture into the legal world are entering a foreign country, with its own language, customs, and expectations. It can be an enjoyable challenge to explain your findings and conclusions to intelligent, but non-clinically trained, people and to do so without recourse to jargon, but also without losing subtle distinctions and nuances that should be communicated. As with travel to any foreign country, a little preparation and a decent map will pay dividends. [full story]
Clinicians As Expert Witnesses In Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
In Baxter v. Temple, a New Hampshire Supreme Court case in which plaintiff alleged she suffered brain damage as a result of exposure to high levels of lead paint, defendant's "forensic" neuropsychologist, David Faust, Ph.D. argued that while plaintiff's treating neuropsychologist's testing may have been appropriate in a "clinical" setting, her choice of tests in a "forensic" setting was inappropriate and invalid. Over the years, there has developed a mythical belief that medical providers and clinicians should not serve as expert witnesses and that only "forensic" independent examiners should be permitted to serve as expert witnesses. [full story]
The Amnesic Patient, H.M., Dies
From Suzanne Corkin (MIT): Henry G. Molaison, 82, of Windsor Locks, CT died on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. He is known in the medical and scientific literatures as "the amnesic patient, H.M." He was born in Manchester, CT and graduated from East Hartford High School. In 1953, he underwent an experimental brain operation at the Hartford Hospital to relieve his seizure disorder. Immediately after the operation, Mr. Molaison showed a profound amnesia, which became the topic of intense scientific study for more than five decades. From age 27 on, he was unable to establish new memories for events in his everyday life and to acquire general information about the world in which he lived. His memory impairment was "pure" and not accompanied by intellectual or personality disorders. For this reason, and because the operation has not been repeated, he is the most widely studied and famous case in the neuroscience literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. Mr. Molaison's contributions to knowledge about memory have been groundbreaking, and researchers worldwide are in his debt. Burial will be private.
Professor Haim Ring, 1944-2008
Haim Ring was born in Uruguay in July 18, 1944. He received his M.D. title from the Faculty of Medicine in Montevideo in 1973 and in 1980, he completed a 5 year residency program in P&RM at the Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital (LRH), which is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine in Tel-Aviv University and is the largest rehabilitation center in Israel. His untimely death on September 15, 2008 was the end of a professional career of almost 35 years at the LRH. Haim Ring was father of three children – Edan, Matan and Shani. His wife Irene accompanied him to many rehab congresses and was known to many in the international rehabilitation community. [full story]