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Important press conference on the future of brain injury treatment scheduled for Nov 15

I am honored to have been invited to participate in a press conference scheduled for Wednesday, November 15th, 12 noon at the Russell Senate Office Building, Washignton DC to discuss a Report to Congress and a call to action prepared by the National Brain Injury Research, Treatment, Training and Foundation on the state of Brain Injury today.

The report was prepared by some of the leading world authorities on brain injury following last year's conclusions by the National Brain Injury Research, Treatment, Training and Foundation and Conemaugh Health Systems in collaboration with the International Brain Injury Association and the Brain Injury Association of America, the Neurotrauma Committee of the World Health Organization and other leading groups on the dismal state of brain injury research and rehabilitation in the United States today.

Last year's report concluded that while the number of brain injury survivors continues to increase because of a advances in medical care, their outlook and prospects for long term recovery continues to remain bleak while the cost of care continues to rise.

This international body is making the following recommendations to Congress:

1.  $100 million request to jump-start research leading to recovery from TBI.

2.  A shift in research from animal models to to human research designed to improve human outcomes and recovery.

3. Creation of seven Centers of Excellence in TBI Research to be established by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at NIH to lead in research for recovery from TBI.

4.  Expansion of the TBI Model Systems with its goals expanded to include additional focus on improved outcomes and successful recovery from those suffering from moderate and mild traumatic brain injury.

5.  Funding of a dedicated national center for developing new and updating existing scientifically determined guidelines for the care and management of patients with TBI.

6.  Increase resources for the Injury Center at the Centers for Disease Control to conduct important public health research into understand the true measure of traumatic brain injury in the United States.

These recommendations and their rational will be explained at the Press conference.   

With the new Congress coming into office in January, hopefully more attention to the needs of the 5.2 million Americans that presently suffer from traumatic brain injury and the projected 124,000 Americans who each year sustain a TBI resulting in long term or lifelong disability.   

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