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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Conference
A conference reviewing developments in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy will be held at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center on November 3rd & 4th, 2016.
Boston University, Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way, 9th floor, Boston, MA 02215
More information can be obtained by clicking here.
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12th World Congress on Brain Injury--Call for Abstracts
The 12th World Congress on Brain Injury will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel March 29 - April 1, 2017. The congress has issues a call for abstracts. The deadline for submitting an abstract is November 7, 2016. More information can be obtained by clicking here.
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Congressional Brain Injury Caucus Briefing Scheduled for Tuesday Sept 13 on CTE
Neuroscience Caucus to Hold Briefing on CTE Next Week
On Sept. 13, 2016, the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus and the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, in partnership with the American Brain Coalition, the American Academy of Neurology, and the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators, will present a briefing that explores our current understanding of sports-related injuries and research efforts aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of these injuries on the human brain. The briefing, "Sports-Related Brain Injuries: From the NFL to the Laboratory," will be held from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Capitol Visitors Center H-201A-B. This briefing will feature Chris Borland, a linebacker formerly of the San Francisco 49ers who stunned the sports world by retiring after one year in the NFL due to concerns about CTE. Chris is now forming a foundation to work with high school athletes who serve their communities. Dr. Ann McKee, a professor of Neurology & Pathology at Boston University, who is a renowned brain researcher and one of the leading authorities on TBI and CTE in the nation, will also be presenting information.
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Brain Injury Association of America--Newly Announced Webinars
April 21, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
David Strauss Memorial Lecture: Cognitive Rehabilitation Focus on Awareness, Sheldon Herring, PhD
Dr. Herring will describe clinical implications and treatment of awareness deficits.
May 18, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
Carolyn Rocchio Caregivers Webinar: Understanding Mood, Memory, and Behavior after Brain Injury: The Role of the Family, Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PhD
Dr. Vaishnavi, Director of The Neuropsychiatric Clinic and author of the book The Traumatized Brain, will discuss ways to help families understand the long-term neuropsychiatric symptoms of brain injury, and offer strategies for how they can help.
July 13, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
Robert Sbordone Memorial Lecture: Gender and Sex Differences in Concussion, Katherine Price Snedaker, LCSW
Ms. Snedaker will discuss the latest gender-based research on concussion/mTBI and how those findings might inform clinical practice.
July 21, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
Carolyn Rocchio Caregivers Webinar: How to Select the Right App and Use Strategies Consistently, Michelle Wild, MA
Ms. Wild will will pose four questions to ask when deciding which apps to download, go through each question to evaluate several apps to illustrate the process, and cover ways to improve the consistent use of compensatory strategies on a daily basis.
July 26, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
David Strauss Memorial Lecture: Cognitive Rehabilitation Focus on Attention, John Whyte, MD, PhD
Dr. Whyte will discuss the organization of attention processes in the healthy brain, the occurrence and clinical implications of attention deficits following TBI, and cognitive rehabilitation strategies to improve outcomes.
September 14, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
Mitchell Rosenthal Memorial Lecture: Use of Internal Strategies as a Memory Compensation Technique after Brain Injury, Mary R.T. Kennedy, PhD, CCC-SLP, McKay Moore Sohlberg, PhD, CCC-SLP, and Therese O'Neil Pirozzi, ScD, CCC-SLP
What are internal strategy options for post-TBI memory impairment? In this webinar, Drs. Kennedy, Sohlberg, and Pirozzi will discuss the evidence supporting various internal memory strategies and demonstrate the key systematic instructional principles for teaching internal memory strategies.
September 22, 2016: 3
pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
BIAA Webinar: Post-TBI Headache, Nathan Zasler, MD, FAAPM&R, FAADEP, DAAPM, CBIST
Dr. Zasler will provide insights into the myriad causes of headache following brain, head, and/or neck injuries; review headache classification, etiology and pathophysiology; and describe treatment options for the various subtypes of PTHA.
October 19, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2pm CT, 1pm MT, noon PT
Carolyn Rocchio Caregivers Webinar: Strategies for Families Managing Personality Changes after Brain Injury, Allan Grill, CRC, MFT
Mr. Grill will discuss how families deal with the personality changes a person with a brain injury might present after an injury; offer some insights into strategies families can use and useful resources for professionals to share with families; and include case scenarios, followed by a discussion about issues and concepts that families need to understand to effectively manage behavioral and personality challenges.
November 9, 2016: 3 pm ET, 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, noon PT
Business of Brain Injury Webinar: A Review of Medicaid Waivers for TBI, Janet Williams, PhD
Dr. Williams will address the philosophy behind Medicaid Waivers, how they differ from state to state, how rehabilitation providers may provide services under the waivers, and how people with brain injury may access services through waivers.
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New Documentary examines NCAA Commercial Exploitation of Athletes
Commercial exploitation of athletes, exposing college athletes to brain damage, using and abusing college students in the name of sports. These are some of the topics explored in the first documentary examining the conduct of the NCAA. The film, The Business of Athletes will be previewed on April 28th at 7:30 PM in the Bronx at the Showcase Cinema, Concourse Plaza, 214 E 161st St, Bronx, NY. But only, if enough people purchase tickets in advance. You can get more information by clicking here. Here is a link to the trailer and a review by the Mike O'Keefe of the Daily News, click here The film maker, Bob DeMars has graciously selected The Brain Injury Association of America for donation's.
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New York State Brain Injury Advocacy Day
The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) has scheduled its first Brain Injury Advocacy Day for Wednesday, March 23 in Albany, New York.
Advocates will be traveling to Albany from all around the state to help legislators understand that many New Yorkers with brain injury need comprehensive, coordinated long-term care, and that changes proposed by the state Department of Health could lead to harmful service cuts for these individuals.
Your voice and participation in this event is important to alert your legislators to the importance of protecting the rights of victims of brain injury.
To join the Brain Injury Association of New York in Albany on March 23rd, please click here to for further information and to register.
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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Brain injury is reached epidemic levels in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that each year in the United States there are:
52,000 deaths attributable to TBI
275,000 hospitalizations attributable to TBI
1,365,000 emergency department visits attributable to TBI
If individuals who sustained a concussion and did not seek any emergency treatment were included in these statistics or were treated for injuries in a hospital where TBI was not the primary diagnosis, the CDC estimates over 3.5 million Americans each year were victims of brain damage.
The CDC estimates the direct medical costs and indirect costs of TBI, such as lost wages and productivity totals $60 billion dollars when last measured in 2000.
Although brain injury is receiving increased attention because of the media focus on professional athletes sustaining traumatic brain injury and returning service members who have sustained blast related brain damage, the vast majority of individuals with brain injury are part of a silent epidemic who do not receive the attention, treatment and social services they deserve.
The Brain Injury Association of America and its state affiliates sponsors many activities and programs during Brain Injury Awareness Month to raise public awareness of this injury that may last a life time.
For further information, go to the Brain Injury Association of America web site.
If you or a loved one is a victim of traumatic brain injury, the brain injury law firm of De Caro & Kaplen, LLP may be able to provide legal assistance.
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Concussion a Good Opening Gambit
Shana and I attended an advance screening of the movie Concussion, with a group of sports writers and newscasters. Will Smith gave a compelling performance as Bennet Omalu, and his quest to determine and understand the cause of a specific type of brain damage, later named CTE, first discovered in the brain of former Pittsburgh Steeler, Mike Webster. This was Omalu’s movie and his story, based on the 2009 GQ exposé, Game Brain by Jeanne Marie Laskas. This was not a documentary.
The title for the film, “Concussion” is misleading. The film is not about concussions and the failure on the part of the league to inform players about the signs and symptoms of concussions, the need to refrain from returning to play before a player is healed, or the potential life-long consequences of a concussion. It is a film about the work of Bennet Omalu and his efforts to understand Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
Importantly the film is based upon a true story, but is not a complete story. It is an excellent presentation of the path Omalu took and the painstaking investigation into the cause Mike Webster’s death. Omalu’s dogged pursuit of answers led to the discovery of the connection between football and brain damage and opened the door to further research. The movie indicated his conflict with the NFL in accepting this information, which the NFL still disputes.
This movie opens the door to a more important conversation, about trauma and brain damage that must continue. The cinematic decisions about the portrayals of different characters and the complete omission of any reference to the Concussion Legacy Foundation in Boston, the past and current role of Commissioner Goodell and the NFL marketing department in deflecting criticism were interesting choices made by the film’s writer and director.
It was a compelling introduction for the public to the health issues generated by trauma in football. This theme must be expanded. If this movie provokes a national conversation about the larger issues associated with all types of brain damage, from football, other sports and everyday accidents, then it has been a great public service. It would be misleading, if however, it leaves the impression that the problems have been remedied or that the only public health concern is CTE. This is the tip of the iceberg of the full-range of chronic life-altering effects of concussions.
Brain injury is a chronic condition with life-long consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year there are over 200,000 visits to emergency departments by children under the age of 19 suffering concussion related problems from organized sports. Omitted from these statistics are visits to urgent care facilities, physicians’ offices, and cases where concussion is not the principal diagnosis. The CDC estimates that the accurate number is between 1.6 million to 3.8 million sports related concussions documented each year! This is a true public health crisis. Labeling a condition does not address treatment issues and how we, as a society, address the impact of a chronic condition that has consequences for families and society.
We applaud the efforts of all those involved in making this important film, and hope it engenders continued investigation and research into not only prevention, but improved identification and treatment options that will assist this vulnerable population.
SHANA DE CARO, ESQ. is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America and immediate past chair of the American Association for Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group.
MICHAEL V. KAPLEN, ESQ. is a Professorial Lecturer in Law teaching the only course in traumatic brain injury law at The George Washington University Law School, a member and immediate past chair of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Coordinating Council, three term president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State and a past chair of the American Association for Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group.
DE CARO & KAPLEN, LLP is a New York based law firm with a focus on representing victims of traumatic brain injury throughout the nation. Shana and Michael are frequently invited to lecture attorneys and public advocacy groups nationwide on the legal issues pertaining to brain injury, public health concerns and the impact of brain injury on the lives of its victims.
Shana and Michael authored the New York Law Journal expert column on brain injury law and the chapter on brain injury law in the special issue of Psychiatric Clinics of North America.
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Concussion Legacy Foundation Awards Ceremony this Evening in Boston, Mass
I will be in Boston, Mass this evening attending the annual awards ceremony for the Concussion Legacy Foundation, formally known as the Sports Legacy Institute. Foundation headed by Chris Nowinski has been instrumental in alerting the public to the dangers of concussion and brain damage in all sports; providing needed education on the signs and symptoms of concussions and most importantly leading efforts to keep players out when there is any suspicion of a concussion. The group through their affiliation with Boston University also has led efforts to understand and appreciate the effects of cumulative brain trauma and its causation to a Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Keep up the great work!
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The Future of Brain Injury Rehabilitation-Free Webinar Sponsored by Brain Injury Association of America
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has announced the scheduling of a free webinar to explore challenges in rehabilitation services following a brain injury under managed care medical systems. The webinar will be conducted by Bruce Gans, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer of the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, and chairman of the board of directors and CEO of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association.
Details of the webinar are:
More Management/Less Care: What the Future Holds for Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
3:00 p.m. Eastern (12:00 p.m. pacific)
To register for this FREE webinar, click here.
My partner, brain injury attorney, Shana De Caro serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America.