NTL Issue 14


World Congress Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for IBIA’s Eighth World Congress on Brain Injury which will be held in Washington, DC, March 10-14, 2010.  All accepted abstracts will be published in a supplemental issue of IBIA’s official journal Brain Injury. Submissions must be data-driven or assessment/treatment model descriptions. The deadline for submitting an abstract for the Congress is October 12, 2009. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Congress’s International Scientific Committee, which will determine the most appropriate presentation format (oral presentation or poster) for each abstract accepted.[full story]

The Plasticity Potential of Residual Vision after Brain Damage

Because the visual system is organized in a highly specific way, in adulthood, i.e. beyond the critical period of early development, loss of visual functions due to stroke or brain trauma is generally considered to be irreversible. Perceptual dysfunctions, such as visual field defects in hemianopia following visual cortex lesions or rather diffuse visual field defects after optic neuropathy, are believed to be permanent, without real hope for improvement.  Fortunately, several discoveries made during the last decade have unveiled previously unrecognized potentials of residual, visual functions which can be found even deep in the blind field or especially at the border regions of the blind zones with considerable restoration potential. [full story]


The Neurology of Consciousness: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropathology

This is a very welcome addition to the field of neuroscience literature and should be read by anyone involved in the care of persons with disorders of consciousness. The book starts with a thoughtful Preface by the editors, Dr. Laureys and Dr. Tononi, which is followed by yet another introspective commentary by Dr. Allan Hobson of Harvard Medical School in the form of a Prologue. The contributors to this text include some quickly recognizable names, including Drs. James Bernat, Antonio Damasio, Joseph Fins, Michael Gazzaniga, Adrian Owen, Joseph Giacino, Nicholas Schiff and Adam Zeman, among others. [full story]

The International Brain Research Foundation

The International Brain Research Foundation, Inc. (IBRF), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation registered in New York State and New Jersey, is dedicated to making advances in translational neuroscientific research to support progress in novel care utilizing advanced treatment protocols.  Through a network of neuroscientists and clinicians, the IBRF is developing partnerships with numerous institutions worldwide to meet that end.  Through this global reach, the IBRF is able to expedite discovery and to accelerate the scientific findings in an efficient manner, which ultimately will accelerate the scientific community’s progress in solving some of the complex issues related to brain health and disease processes.[full story]




The NeuroTrauma Letter is produced quarterly by the International Brain Injury Association.  Please address editorial questions to 

Editor in Chief 
Nathan D. Zasler, M.D., United States



Founded in 1993, IBIA was created in response to the growing demand from professionals and advocates throughout the world for collaboration and more information on all aspects of brain injury, from prevention to long-term care issues.  Benefits of membership include an annual subscription to the journal Brain Injury as well as quarterly issues of this publication, the International NeuroTrauma Letter. To receive a membership form, click here (pdf)


Join the IBIA Listserv

In an effort to provide global communication among members, IBIA has created a brain injury Listserv.  To sign up for the Listserv, click here. Please note that membership in IBIA is required to join the Listserv.




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Editorial Board

Michael Barnes, M.D., United Kindom 
Lucia Braga, Ph.D., Brazil 
Christine Croisiaux, Ph.D., Belgium
Jose Leon-Carrion, Ph.D., Spain 
Donald Stein, Ph.D., United States 
Walter Videtta, M.D., Argentina


International Brain Injury Association