NTL Issue 15


Registration Now Open for the Eighth World Congress on Brain Injury

The International Brain Injury Association is pleased to announce the Eighth World Congress on Brain Injury will be held in Washington, DC, March 10-14, 2010.  In addition to an excellent scientific program with world renowned experts in the field of brain injury, we are also including other special features such as scientific poster and paper presentations, candlelight sessions with experts, and IBIA’s various awards, including the Henry Stonnington Award for best review article in Brain Injury(IBIA’s officially endorsed organizational research journal), the Jennett & Plum Award for Clinical Achievement in the field of brain injury medicine, as well as The Safe Car of the Year Award. There will also be a post-conference symposium on disorders of consciousness in addition to workshops on neuropharmacology, neuroethics, controversies in neuropsychology, visual assessment and rehabilitation, community reintegration, educational reentry issues, as well as return to work. Those interested in submitting an abstract are encouraged to do so by visiting our on-line submission system. The abstract deadline is October 9, 2009. [full story]

Drug Development in Traumatic Brain Injury

Developing drug treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been notoriously difficult.  While most of the severe neural damage that accompanies acute TBI results from the initial impact, considerable additional damage occurs over the following hours and days by biochemical cascades triggering inflammation, cell death and disruption of neural pathways.  It would be ideal to have a treatment that prevents this degeneration, but decades of clinical research have so far been unsuccessful.  In addition, there are non-acute symptoms such as prolonged disorders of consciousness, long-term cognitive and physical impairments, for which treatments have not been developed. [full story]

Obituary - Henry Herbert Stonnington

Dr. Henry Herbert Stonnington died peacefully at home on Sunday, May 31, after fighting a long battle with cancer. He was 82. His wife, Constance Stonnington, and son, Dr. Michael Stonnington, were at his side. Dr. Stonnington is survived by his wife, Constance, his six children and 15 grandchildren. Dr. Stonnington's first love was his family. His second love was medicine, which he practiced diligently and with great compassion. [full story]

Application of Brain Tissue Oxygen Monitoring in Traumatic Brain Injury

Cerebral monitoring systems such as intracranial pressure (ICP), jugular venous oxygen saturation (SjvO2), transcranial Doppler (TCD), brain tissue oxygen partial pressure (PbtO2) etc., have been used in the neurosurgical intensive care unit (ICU) for detecting ischemic and hypoxic insults and guiding treatment. The value of the ICP monitor for severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) has already been universally recognized. However, the application of PbtO2 monitors in TBI is still controversial. [full story]

Consensus on Rehabilitation, National Health Services Network and Social Assistance for Acquired Brain Injury Patients and Their Caregivers: the Italian Scene

Acquired brain injuries (ABIs) are being progressively recognized as a relevant cause of morbidity and mortality in the population and, consequently as a major problem for  healthcare systems worldwide. The proper management of ABIs require an integrated approach encompassing the emergency system, rehabilitation structures and high quality protocols as well as infrastructures for home care and social/work reintegration. [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]


Articles of Note

In order to keep IBIA members apprised of current brain injury literature, NTL editors and editorial board members have prepared a list of recently published articles that may be of interest. [full story]


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.



Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for IBIA’s Eighth World Congress on Brain Injury.  All abstracts accepted for the Congress will be published in a supplemental issue of the IBIA’s endorsed international, peer reviewed, scientific journal, Brain Injury. Submissions should ideally be data based and if not must be an assessment or treatment model description. We encourage proposals in the areas of basic science (particularly translational research) through the entire continuum of brain injury care (both pediatric and adult).  The deadline submission date for the Congress is October 12, 2009.  Abstracts will be reviewed and assessed by the Congress’s International Scientific Committee based on quality and relevance as well as selected presentation format. [full story]

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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




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