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Traumatic Brain Injury Course at George Washington University Law School Featured in NY Times Article

This semester I had the privilege of teaching the first ever course on traumatic brain injury (TBI) law in a law school at The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.

The course reviewed the complicated issues that confront the legal profession in the framework of the civil justice system following traumatic brain injury, introducing students to the broad and wide-ranging legal implications of TBI in children and adults.

With the recent law suit and its potential settlement, new research on the long-term repercussions to returning service members after seemingly minor brain trauma, and constant stories in the news of children suffering traumatic brain injury playing sports, there is a burgeoning interest in concussions and brain injury.  In a variety of legal settings, the brain is being placed on trial with increasing frequency, encompassing multitude of civil issues that were reviewed in this thirteen week course.

For the past thirteen weeks we have delved into the legal problems that confront attorneys representing victims of brain trauma, both in and out of the courtroom. The course looks at brain injury from the practical view point of attorneys charged with the responsibility of assisting individuals suffering with a brain injury in a variety of situations such as contested court proceedings, educational issues, insurance benefits, and obtaining government benefits and services. We also explore legislative initiatives on concussion management; issues of liability following sports incurred brain injury; and evidentiary issues pertaining to the admissibility of expert testimony in a traumatic brain injury case.

Earlier this week, I was honored that the New York Times published an article describing the course and our mission to educate the next generation of attorneys. Concussion Cases Inspire New Course at George Washington’s Law School.

I will again be teaching this seminar at George Washington University Law School this fall.

April 18, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Tomorrow is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill-2014

Tomorrow is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capital Hill.  I intend to partipate in the day's events to advocate on behalf of individuals with brain injury and their families and look forward to you joining me.

Here is an updated schedule of the day's events:

Brain Injury Awareness Day 2014

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM              

Brain Injury Awareness Fair
First Floor Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building

2014 Exhibitors
Brain Injury Assoc. of America
American Association of Hyperbaric Awareness
BAE Systems
BrainLine
Brain Trauma Foundation
Centers for Disease Control
DVBIC/ DCoE
Kessler Foundation/Kessler Institute
NICoE
VA Office of Research and Development
VISTA Life Sciences
American Academy of Neurology
American College of Radiology
American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association
American Music Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Arms Forces
"@" Attention Fund
Assoc. of Rehab Nurses
Blinded Veterans
Bob Woodruff Foundation
Brain Injury Alliance of Washington
Brain Injury Services, Inc.
BrainScope
Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine
Cheer USA
ConcussionWise
Disability Rights New Jersey
Disability Services Center, JBS International
Elder Hart
FITBIR
Gallant Few
Higher Ground
HRSA
International Brain Research Foundation
JFK Rehabilitation Center
MedStar National Rehab Hospital
Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center
NASHIA
National Disability Rights Network
Neuro Kinetics, Inc.
NeuroVive Pharmaceuticals
New Jersey Brain Injury Association
NIH
Rehabilitation Specialists
ReMed
Rusk Rehab at NYU Lagone Medical Center
Team River Runner

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM                

Briefing: "Returning to Work: Making Headway After Brain Injury" 
Panelists
John O'Neill, Ph.D., CRC
Director, Employment and Disability Research
Kessler Foundation 

Dr. Grant Baldwin
Director of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
Centers for Disease Control 

Dr. Jim Kelly
National Intrepid Center for Excellence
Walter Reed

Sgt. John Irwin
Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan
United States Army

Brian Nichols
Warrior to Work
Wounded Warrior Project

Daniel Chamberlain, JD 
Moderator
Brain Injury Association of America                                  

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Meeting Room South

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    
Reception Celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Gold Room 2168, Rayburn House Office Building

 

 

March 11, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Tomorrow is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill-2014

Tomorrow is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capital Hill.  I intend to partipate in the day's events to advocate on behalf of individuals with brain injury and their families and look forward to you joining me.

Here is an updated schedule of the day's events:

Brain Injury Awareness Day 2014

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM              

Brain Injury Awareness Fair
First Floor Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building

2014 Exhibitors
Brain Injury Assoc. of America
American Association of Hyperbaric Awareness
BAE Systems
BrainLine
Brain Trauma Foundation
Centers for Disease Control
DVBIC/ DCoE
Kessler Foundation/Kessler Institute
NICoE
VA Office of Research and Development
VISTA Life Sciences
American Academy of Neurology
American College of Radiology
American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association
American Music Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Arms Forces
"@" Attention Fund
Assoc. of Rehab Nurses
Blinded Veterans
Bob Woodruff Foundation
Brain Injury Alliance of Washington
Brain Injury Services, Inc.
BrainScope
Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine
Cheer USA
ConcussionWise
Disability Rights New Jersey
Disability Services Center, JBS International
Elder Hart
FITBIR
Gallant Few
Higher Ground
HRSA
International Brain Research Foundation
JFK Rehabilitation Center
MedStar National Rehab Hospital
Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center
NASHIA
National Disability Rights Network
Neuro Kinetics, Inc.
NeuroVive Pharmaceuticals
New Jersey Brain Injury Association
NIH
Rehabilitation Specialists
ReMed
Rusk Rehab at NYU Lagone Medical Center
Team River Runner

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM                

Briefing: "Returning to Work: Making Headway After Brain Injury" 
Panelists
John O'Neill, Ph.D., CRC
Director, Employment and Disability Research
Kessler Foundation 

Dr. Grant Baldwin
Director of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
Centers for Disease Control 

Dr. Jim Kelly
National Intrepid Center for Excellence
Walter Reed

Sgt. John Irwin
Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan
United States Army

Brian Nichols
Warrior to Work
Wounded Warrior Project

Daniel Chamberlain, JD 
Moderator
Brain Injury Association of America                                  

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Meeting Room South

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    
Reception Celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Gold Room 2168, Rayburn House Office Building

 

 

March 11, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Genetic predisposition may predict recovery following traumatic brain injury

An individual's recovery months after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is difficult to predict, and some of the variability in outcomes may be due to genetic differences according to an article published in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

The genes that regulate a person's inflammatory response to injury can impact clinical outcomes in TBI, according to the study. The article is available free on the Journal of Neurotrauma website by ciicking here

October 19, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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The injustice of the NFL brain injury settlement

Today's New York Times reports, Many Ex-Players Many Be Ineligible to Share in Concussion Settlement.

it is shameful that this settlement excludes players suffering the effects of the post concussion syndrome, complicated mild traumatic brain injury and cognitive, behavioral and emotional difficultes that do not impair all of their activities of daily living.

I am honored to have been consulted and quoted in this story. Click here.

October 18, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Concussion Management Protocol For Schools-Webinair

The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) is offering a free webinar: From the Desk of the School Nurse: How to Implement A Concussion Management Protocol.

Time and date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (EDT)

Overview: The presenter, Patricia McLaughlin, RN, will focus on the importance of taking a multi-disciplinary team approach to concussion management and how best to implement a concussion management protocol in a school district setting. Patricia McLaughlin is a parent and a registered nurse with 25 years of experience. She is a current member of the staff at Albany Medical Center Coronary Care Unit. Mrs. McLaughlin also works as a full-time school nurse at Pine Bush Elementary School K-5, where she has been for 6 years.

For more information, please click here

August 24, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Warning Labels on Football Helmets

Today’s New York Times contains an interesting and important  article on football helmets and the fact that they do not prevent players from sustaining a traumatic brain injury.   

 

It is always an honor to be quoted in an article in the New York Times.  Warning Labels on Helmets Combat Injury and Liability  

 

 

 

August 5, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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The Crash Reel-An important message on the life long consequences of traumatic brain injury

I had the pleasure of viewing in preview, a new HBO documentary, The Crash Reel exploring the life and brain injury sustained by American snowboarding champion, Kevin Pearce which will debut on Monday, July
15th at 9 PM eastern time, 8 c on HBO.

As an advocate for persons with a brain injury, I appreciated the compassionate approach to the subject matter.  The treatment of Kevin as a person with a brain injury, rather than a brain injured person is a very important message for members of the public.  Kevin does not allow his brain injury to define who he is. He is an inspiration to anyone who has sustained a traumatic brain injury. 

The stages of the film depicting Kevin’s journey are quite helpful to an understanding of the transitions that an individual and their family members go through following profound brain trauma. 

This film will make a very important contribution to the understanding of traumatic brain injury in the minds of the public. 

The filmmakers have launched a comprehensive traumatic brain injury awareness and outreach campaign called #LoveYourBrain and the Pearce family has started the Kevin Pearce Fund to support families and individuals
affected by traumatic brain injury and other challenges.

For more information on the documentary, visit their face book site.

July 13, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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New concussion app from American Academy of Neurology

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), has launched a new app called "Concussion QuickCheck", to help coaches, athletic trainers, parents and athletes quickly evaluate if someone may have a concussion and needs to seek medical assistance.

The app, which is available for iPad, IOS (Apple), Android, and mobile, was developed in partnership with the Academy’s updated guideline for diagnosing and evaluating sports concussion.

Key information and tools in the "Concussion Quick Check" app include:

Common signs of concussion

Symptoms of concussion

Things the athlete may tell you

What to do if an athlete has a head injury during a game

What to do if it appears the athlete has a concussion

When an athlete should return to the game

Help finding a neurologist near you (GPS capability)

Help finding state laws on concussion

Learn more by clicking here

July 12, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Screening for proteins in the blood may accurately diagnosis closed head brain injury

The diagnosis of “mild” brain injury remains elusive, but medical professionals believe that an accurate diagnosis of brain trauma may be made by screening suspected individuals for proteins that are released in the blood stream following a head injury. 

According to reports from the University of Rochester Medical Center, Jeffrey J. Bazarian, M.D., M.P.H., an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at URMC, believes he’s the first to show that measuring a combination of two proteins released into the bloodstream after a head injury might be the best way to diagnose a mild traumatic brain injury. The protein S100B is already routinely used as screening tool in several countries in Europe and Asia. The study is reported in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

 

July 3, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack