March is Brain Injury Awareness Month!
The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Brain Injury Association of America recognize March as Brain Injury Awareness month to increase awareness of traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year 1.7 million people are diagnosed with a TBI. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) defines a TBI as the result of a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. These head wounds can be closed or penetrating and can range from mild, moderate, and severe. The most common form of TBI in the military is mild TBI, also referred to as a concussion. According to DVBIC, more than 375,230 service members have been diagnosed with TBI since 2000.
CNRM's signature event to recognize brain injury awareness month is the National Capital Area TBI Research Symposium, held March 6-7 at Natcher Auditorium on the NIH campus. This day and a half event will be a forum for scientists from local institutions and organizations to exchange data and ideas that will advance research and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Topics related to basic, translational, and clinical TBI research will include: Diagnostics, Imaging, Rehabilitation, Biomarkers, Neuroprotection, Neuroplasticity, and Neuroregeneration. Presentation opportunities (poster and oral) for trainees and junior faculty will be a significant format component. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Jonathan Kipnis, Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience, and Director of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
CNRM is an active partner with the entire Military Health System (MHS) in mitigating the effects of TBI in our Service Members and Veterans. Our state-of-the-art infrastructure and dedicated faculty and staff have studied TBI for ten years. Our current efforts will be focused on finding strategies to reduce or eliminate the chronic symptoms of TBI such as depression, sleep disturbances, and chronic migraine.
Learn more about
- TBI Facts
- Signs and Symptoms
- What is the MHS doing for TBI patinets and their families?