NTL Issue 5

 

International Brain Injury Association

Congress Dates Announced

IBIA has announced that it’s next World Congress will be held in Lisbon, Portugal. The meeting will be held April 9-12th and include a one day symposium, co-sponsored with the World Federation of Neurological Rehabilitation (WFNR) on “Advances and Controversies in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.” [full story]


Simulation of Early-Time Head Impact Leading to Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurs as a consequence of many civilian accident and military combat scenarios. Examples include head impact sustained in automobile accidents and falls as well as blast wave loading from detonated improvised explosive devices. TBI is associated with a loss of functional capability of the brain to perform cognitive and memory tasks, process information, and a variety of motor and coordination deficits. [full story]


Traumatic Brain Injury and Rehabilitation at the SARAH Network of Rehabilitation Hospitals in Brazil

Traumatic brain injury occurs without warning, often affecting an individual’s life in ways that pose unexpected obstacles that exact dedication and effort to overcome. As such, it requires special care and represents a challenge to all involved: the patient, the family, the medical practitioners, and even the community.  The manner in which this care is rendered, the attitudes and approach that guide its delivery, and the level of commitment on the part of everyone involved with the brain injury patient are essential to the attainment of victories large and small in the often uphill road to recovery. [full story]


New Technologic Approach to Minimizing Immobilization Effects of Patients with Brain Injury

Some of the most valued technological advances in medicine either reduce fatiguing or repetitive tasks, or enable healthcare professionals to perform procedures that would otherwise have been difficult or impossible to accomplish. Mechanical systems, harnessed to increasingly sophisticated computers, are demonstrating their ability to assist in the neurorehabilitation of severely brain injured patients, a challenge that is both physically demanding for their care providers and – with standard instrumentation – minimally productive for patients. [full story]


Join IBIA

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)

 

The NeuroTrauma Letter is produced quarterly by the International Brain Injury Association.  Please address editorial questions to 
nzasler@cccv-ltd.com

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

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

BOOK REVIEW

Brain Injury Treatment: Theories and Practices. [full story]

 

ARTICLES OF NOTE

Demos Publications has also made available a discount to IBIA members on Dr. Zasler’s new publication, Brain Injury Medicine: Principles and Practice, a comprehensive, core textbook dealing with the full continuum of issues from acute care to community re-entry following traumatic brain injury. [full story]

AFFILIATE NEWS

Editor in Chief Commentary

I thought IBIA membership would be interested in a few resources that I have found of interest as a professional. These are great sites to be aware of not only for yourself as a health care professional and/or researcher but also as a resource for family members and patients.

 

Congress Dates Announced

IBIA has announced that it’s next World Congress will be held in Lisbon, Portugal. The meeting will be held April 9-12th and include a one day symposium, co-sponsored with the World Federation of Neurological Rehabilitation (WFNR) on “Advances and Controversies in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.” [full story]

 

Robert J. Demichelis

Robert J. Demichelis a long time resident of Reston, Va. passed away at home on Feb. 16th, 2007. He had esohpageal cancer. Following his son's catastrophic auto accident in the early 1980's, Bob and his wife Alice became staunch advocates for persons with Traumatic Brain Injuries testifying before the Deparment of HHS with wife Alice and with son Robert, before the Senate Committe on Commerce, Science and Transportation on behalf of no fault insurance. He chaired the first task force committee on gaps and problems in insurance coverage for those who sustained brain injuries. Bob's also gave generous support to his wife's activities on behalf of IBIA.

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.