NTL Issue 19


Register Now for the Eighth World Congress on Brain Injury

The International Brain Injury Association is pleased to announce that the preliminary program for the Eighth World Congress on Brain Injury is now available for viewing on-line. The Congress will be held in Washington, DC, March 10-14, 2010. IBIA is looking forward to a wonderful scientific program with over 100 world renowned experts in the field of brain injury presenting on a variety of topics across the continuum of care. [full story]

Setting the International Standards for Acquired Brain Injury Providers

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an international, third party, independent, consultative accreditation process. It began in 1966 with the development of both medical and vocational rehabilitation standards. CARF’s two main jobs are to develop and revise state of the art standards representing programs in health and human services. The second job is to apply the standards in a peer review, on-site survey process. [full story]

Neuropsychological Challenges of Assessment of Spanish Speaking Patients

Traditionally, the neuropsychological clinical practice has been associated with usage of instruments for assessment. Such instruments could be divided in two main groups: batteries or tests for assessment of specific areas or cognitive aspects and procedures of clinical evaluation. On the bases of the first of mentioned groups it is possible to found psychometric assessment which we can call as quantitative approach (Reitan & Wolfson, 1993; Benson & Ardila, 1996). [full story]

What About the Other Half?: Women with Brain Injury

It was with great excitement that a group of us joined to contribute to a Brain Injury Professional issue (the official publication of the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS)). This was in the early spring of 2006. We felt like pioneers, raising an issue oft discussed, with rumors aplenty, but with no solid research or literature. We shared a personal story, wrote about sexuality and health concerns of women living with traumatic brain injury (TBI). [full story]

Post-Traumatic Epilepsy: from Trauma to Therapy

Traumatic brain injury (TBI)  poses a common and well-recognized risk of developing epilepsy.for over a million people in the United States who experience a TBI each year (Langlois et al., 2006). The resulting neurological deficits from open and closed head injury range in severity: from severe paralysis and major mental impairment to a high incidence of behavioral disturbances or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). [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]


Book of Interest

Readers will find volume 177 in Progress in Brain Research entitled, "Coma Science: Clinical & Ethical Implications" edited by Stephen Laurey's, Nicholas D. Schiff, and Adrian M. Owen, a great cutting-edge resource on issues related to altered states of consciousness. The book is part of the Progress in Brain Research series published by Elsevier. The contributors are made up of the "who's who” of neuroscience clinicians and researchers. The text is divided into 28 chapters and covers the gamut topically from discussions of basic tenants of neurology and neuroscience as related to disorders of consciousness, to prognostication, clinical assessment, long term survival, and treatment, as well as ethical issues and theoretical constructs. ISBN #978-0-444-53432-3. List Price is $250.00 (although book can be purchased through several internet sites at a cheaper rate). Publication Date: 12/31/09. Number of pages: 496.



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.



Click here 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