NTL Issue 17


IBIA World Congress Update & Call for Abstracts

Plans continue to progress for the Eighth World Congress of the International Brain Injury Association to be held March 10–14, 2010 in Washington, D.C.  The preliminary program is now posted on the IBIA website and includes an exciting array of pre-Congress, Congress and post Congress activities. 

Please remember that the abstract submission deadline of October 12, 2009, for oral and poster presentations is quickly approaching!

From a scientific standpoint, pre-Congress workshops include the neuropsychiatry of TBI, applications of transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation, advances in assistive technology for cognition, and constraint induced therapy.  Our post-Congress symposia include effort testing, family issues, blast injuries, pediatric brain injury, Neurobehavioral challenges following TBI, as well as, TBI vocational rehabilitation.  Our Congress sessions will bring together some of the top international scientists, clinicians and researchers working in the field of brain injury to provide attendees with cutting edge information, reviews of controversial topics in brain injury diagnosis and care.  Attendees will learn clinically practical information that they can translate to real world applications to create better patient outcomes and improve their brain injury systems of care.  We also have a number of other exciting conference sessions planned for attendees including "Meet the Expert" sessions where attendees will have the opportunity to meet in small groups with the ten top international experts in the field of brain injury care. [full story]

International Symposium on Neurorehabilitation: From Basics to Future. Applying Technology for the Benefit of Neurorehabilitation

More than 300 delegates, including researchers, health care professionals and engineers will come together on October 15-16th in Valencia, Spain to discuss the latest developments in neurorehabilitation. [full story]

Descriptive Analysis of Children and Adolescents in a Low Response State Following Severe Brain Injury

At the University of Virginia Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center, a primary focus is on addressing the needs of children and adolescents who cannot, or do not, regain functional arousal, awareness and communication following a severe brain injury. These children remain in a static, prolonged low response state characteristic of Rancho Los Amigos Levels I, II and III. To enter the program they must have been in this state for a minimum of thirty days. Because of their low response state they do not “qualify for rehabilitation” under the typical criteria from most insurance companies. This often results in difficult choices for the acute medical team and families. [full story]

An Autopsy on the Fake Bad Scale: The Political and Scientific Ramifications of the Methodology and Application of the Fake Bad Scale Against Persons with Brain Impairment

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2, is the most commonly administered psychological test in the world. In 2006, the publishers of the MMPI-2 adopted “Fake Bad Scale.”  The scale consists of 43 statements to which the patient responds “True” or “False.”  Unfortunately, many of those same statements are statements one would expect a person with brain damage to endorse.  Traumatic brain damage can cause attention and concentration difficulties, confusion, anxiety and depression.  Persons with cognitive dysfunction and related emotional issues such as anxiety, depression and/or physical problems due to a brain injury may endorse items on the scale such as anxiety symptoms, depressive symptoms, head pain and/or confusion.  The patient incurs points on the Fake Bad Scale by admitting to the very symptoms of brain injuryIn fact, if one removes the items in the scale which are symptoms of brain impairment, the patient may very well pass, thus making elevations on the Fake Bad Scale potentially an indication of true brain impairment versus symptom amplification or ,in worst case scenarios, malingering. [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]


Coma Science: Clinical and Ethical Implications

This book brings together an outstanding group of clinical investigators and neuroscientists engaged in the study of disorders of consciousness. The challenges of coma science are surprisingly difficult with a degree of diagnostic uncertainty that may range at the bedside in some patients from unconscious to fully aware, even for patients with no evidence of behavioral responsiveness.[full story]

Click here to view upcoming brain injury conferences and events.

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


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