Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can lead to lifelong problems that not only affect the lives of individuals and their families, but also have a significant impact on society and the economy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a Report to Congress, entitled Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Epidemiology and Rehabilitation, […]
United States Brain Injury Alliance
United States Brain Injury Alliance is committed to improving lives through awareness, prevention, advocacy, support, research and community engagement.
Member states of the Alliance are hard at work providing services to persons with brain injury in their families. Read about their progress!
Recognize. Report. Respond. Rest. Ann Glang, PhD, University of Oregon researcher and USBIA Board Member, wants those “R” words to resonate among young athletes. They are key terms used in an online educational tool designed to teach coaches, educators, teens and parents about concussions called “Brain 101: The Concussion Playbook”.
The New Mexico Brain Injury Alliance is working to introduce legislation create a law to require insurance coverage for services related to brain injury. The proposed legislation seeks to mandate integrated access to brain injury services across the continuum of care.
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, in collaboration with VA’s Office of Rehabilitation Research and Development, will sponsor a one-day TBI research workgroup on June 18, 2015 in the Washington, DC area. The topics identified through this meeting will serve as the basis for the 4th Federal Interagency Conference on TBI.
Professionals Conference Flyer A one-day conference for you and your staff April 17, Kalispell • May 8, Miles City • May 22, Great Falls Service providers will increase their understanding of brain injury and related symptoms, learn strategies to enhance their work with survivors and families, and receive resources and information to increase community awareness. […]
The USBIA Policy Committee is monitoring the following legislation. Any questions or comments to Policy Committee Chair Gavin Attwood Gavin@USBIA.org LEGISLATION: NEWLY INTRODUCED S.516: A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to permit alternate standards and assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Prime sponsor is Christopher Murphy […]
RESPONDING TO KING V. BURWELL: WHAT POLICY LEVERS CAN STATES “PULL” TO MAINTAIN COVERAGE IF THE SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH KING? This week,our In Focus section reviews approaches states could consider in the event the Supreme Court eliminates federal marketplace subsidies for certain states. It was prepared by Claudine Swartz and Angelique Hrycko of Day […]
Kessler Foundation News WEST ORANGE, N.J. – March 6, 2015. For the fifth consecutive month, employment for workers with disabilities continued to grow, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Corporations and nonprofits are supporting opportunities for […]
The Ready to be Steady Project is a research study looking at how using a commercially available virtual-reality gaming system, the XBOX Kinect, may improve balance for people with TBI. Study participants will be asked to participate in an in-home balance therapy program and attend 4 assessments over a 6 month period at Craig Hospital […]
Improving Well-Being After TBI Through Structured Volunteer Activity – Have you had a traumatic brain injury? – Are you currently unemployed and looking for something meaningful to do? – Are you looking for a way to help others? – Are you 18 years or older? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a […]
Anger and Irritability Research Study for Brain Injury Survivors Participants Needed for a Research Study: Do you get angry with yourself or others since you had your brain injury? Are you more irritable with family, friends or co-workers than before your injury? If so, you might be able to participate in a research study about […]
Post-Concussion Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety in Division I Collegiate Athletes | Developmental Neuropsychology as taken from Children’s Safety Network February 17, 2015 This study examined the effect of baseline psychological symptoms on post-concussion symptoms among 67 concussed collegiate athletes. Depression at baseline was the strongest predictor of post-concussion depression and anxiety. Post-concussion depression and […]
Saturday, May 2; 10am – 12noon Colorado Convention Center Denver, Colo. Registration is free The functional relationship between the eye and the brain is established during the early stages of human embryonic development in all vertebrate species. Nowhere is this connectivity more evident than in the biology of human aging and the visual response to […]
Target Audience: Survivors of a brain injury, family and caregivers In partnership with HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. Speakers include: Dr. Michael Nunley, PhD & Terri Cassidy, OT – Ten tips for your injured loved one, and a family beginning the marathon Dr. Kiran Pandit, MD – Behavioral, Emotional, and Mood issues in TBI and Neuroimaging Modalities […]
Advocate at the State Capitol! Every Tuesday through the end of the 2015 legislative session, the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Public Policy staff meets with citizen advocates in the Department of Transportation cafeteria at 10 a.m. We provide a policy update, help write personal stories and facilitate meetings with legislators. For more information on Tuesdays […]
Job Opportunities at the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is hiring for a Case Manager and Care Coordinator in our Case Management department. A Care Coordinator is responsible for monitoring and implementing comprehensive; proactive; consumer directed systems of support and advocacy for individuals, including all ages and cultures, which have survived […]
Brain Injury Educational Classes The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offers a variety of educational classes – including our monthly Brain Injury Basics class – for families, individuals and professionals in the Twin Cities. Our educators can also train your staff on-site at your facility with our Traveling Workshops. Brain Injury Basics Caregiving: February 26, 2015 […]
2015 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury The 2015 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury will take place on Thursday and Friday, April 9 and 10, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and will feature several dynamic speakers who will cover a variety of topics related to community-based, education, […]
Age of First Exposure to Football and Later-Life Cognitive Impairment in Former NFL Players Neurology (as taken from Children’s Safety Network) February 4, 2015 To determine the relationship between exposure to repeated head impacts through tackle football prior to age 12, during a key period of brain development, and later-life executive function, memory, and estimated […]
The Trajectory of Long-Term Psychosocial Development 16 Years Following Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury Journal of Neurotrauma (as taken from Children’s Safety Network) Jan 27, 2015 Childhood traumatic brain injury (CTBI) is one of the most common causes of impairment in children and adolescents; with psychosocial difficulties found to be the most persisting. http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/news/trajectory-long-term-psychosocial-development-16-years-following-childhood-traumatic-brain-inju
Sleep Disturbances in Athletic Concussion Informa (as taken from Children’s Safety Network) Jan 27, 2015 Sleep disturbances are a common symptom following concussions to include athletic concussion. This review applies literature on sleep following traumatic brain injury and concussion to sport concussions and places these considerations in the context of sleep and athletic performance. It […]
School-Based Consultation to Improve Concussion Recognition and Response Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation Jan 27, 2015 (as taken from Children’s Safety Network) Many students who have sustained concussions return to school requiring academic adjustments while their brains heal. However, school personnel often are not trained to accommodate these students. This exploratory project examined the […]
BIAC’s 2015 Annual Conference will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015. BIAC is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Cantu, Boston University School of Medicine, will be our plenary speaker, presenting on concussions, and he will offer an additional workshop option on biomarkers. Dr. Cantu is one of the world’s foremost authorities on concussions […]
Journal of Neurology as taken from Children’s Safety Network Dec 16, 2014 The aims of the study were to examine whether self-reported physical health changes over the first 5 years after traumatic brain injury (TBI), and whether the trajectories of physical health over that time period could be predicted by demographic and injury-related variables. http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/news/trajectories-physical-health-first-5-years-after-traumatic-brain-injury-journal-neurology
Contiuum as taken from Children’s Safety Network Dec 16, 2014 As the issue of brain injury in athletes has emerged and developed, shifting the landscape of public concern, neurologists have become more directly involved in the diagnosis and management of sports concussion. http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/news/sports-concussion-diagnosis-and-management-contiuum
Critical Care Medicine as taken from Children’s Safety Network Dec 16, 2014 The purpose of this study was to gain a description of the prevalence and time course of vasospasm in children suffering moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury. http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/news/epidemiology-vasospasm-children-moderate-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-critical-care-medicine
Pediatrics as taken from Children’s Safety Network Dec 09, 2014 To reduce missed cases of pediatric abusive head trauma (AHT), Pediatric Brain Injury Research Network investigators derived a 4-variable AHT clinical prediction rule (CPR) with sensitivity of .96. Our objective was to validate the screening performance of this AHT CPR in a new, equivalent patient […]
Pediatrics As taken from Children’s Safety Network Dec 09, 2014 Researchers estimated the disability-adjusted life-year (DALY) burden of abusive head trauma (AHT) at ages 0 to 4 years in the United States. http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/news/disability-adjusted-life-year-burden-abusive-head-trauma-ages-0%E2%80%934-pediatrics
Clinical Pediatrics Dec 09, 2014 Consensus-based guidelines exist for adult athletes returning to play after concussion, but there are no protocols developed specifically for children. http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/news/development-conservative-protocol-return-children-and-youth-activity-following-concussive-injur
When: March 23 – 27, 2015 Where: CDC’s VetoViolence Facebook Page You’re invited to join this week’s “Ask the Expert” Facebook Forum on Youth Violence Prevention with CDC and Students Against Violence Everywhere during National Youth Violence Prevention Week. Ask questions, share ideas, and discuss solutions on CDC’s VetoViolence Facebook page and get feedback from […]
Guide to Writing about Traumatic Brain Injury in News and Social Media | CDC as taken from Children’s Safety Network Feb 24, 2015 To better inform coverage of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in news and social media, CDC developed the Guide to Writing about Traumatic Brain Injury in News and Social Media. Click here for […]
The USBIA is a collaborative organization that will build on the strengths, experience, passion, and knowledge of its members. We are providing many opportunities as our initial offerings with plans to grow as the needs of our members change.
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- Apr 9, 2015Minnesota's 2015 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury
- Apr 17, 2015BIA MT,Kalispell-Building Your Brain Injury Toolbox for Professionals
- Apr 18, 2015BIA MT,Kalispell-Building Your Brain Injury Toolbox for Survivors
- Apr 29, 2015North American Brain Injury Society Conference on Brain Injury
- May 2, 2015Vision and Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans and Athletes