Got a brain injury question? Ask an expert on March 13

Public invited to “Ask the Brain Injury Experts” event

Brain Injury Awareness Month bundle_FB post hUnlike a wrist or ankle fracture where a cast, splint or minor surgery can help return function back to “normal,” an injury to the brain can present unique challenges. No two brain injuries are alike; recovery and treatment recommendations are based on the severity of the injury and other factors – and can have life-changing effects.

Hennepin Healthcare’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Center cares for more than 3,000 patients each year, providing a full range of state-of-the-art medical and rehabilitative services from prevention to emergency care, neurosurgery, critical care, rehabilitation and the Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program.

Experts from many of those services will be available to answer questions in person at the “Ask the Brain Injury Experts” event on Wednesday, March 13 from noon-1pm at the M. Stillman Education and Community Center located on the first floor of the Hennepin Healthcare Clinic & Specialty Center. A live Twitter chat will also take place during that time so anyone who cannot attend in person can ask questions using the hashtags #TBIMonth and #TBIChat to @hennepinhc.

What:              Ask the Brain Injury Experts
When:             Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from noon to 1pm
Where:            Hennepin Healthcare Clinic & Specialty Center
715 S. 8th St. Mpls., MN 55404, 1st Floor M. Stillman Education and Community Center (Parking is available beneath the building.)

Throughout the month of March the TBI Center is sponsoring educational events for the public to raise awareness about traumatic brain injury. Although they are free, some of these events require registration. More information is available at  hennepinhealthcare.org/tbimonth 

Each year, more than 2.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Among children and young adults, TBI is the leading cause of death and disability. In Minnesota, nearly 100,000 brain injuries occur annually. A large percentage of those injuries are mild to moderate cases and often go untreated. As a Level I Trauma Center, Hennepin Healthcare admits and treats the most traumatic brain injuries in the state. For more information about TBI programs and services, go to hennepinhealthcare.org/tbi

 

Minnesota Spinal Cord & Traumatic Brain Injury Research Symposium kicks off during Super Bowl week

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More than 10,500 Minnesotans are living with paralysis from a spinal cord injury and 100,000 are living with disabilities from brain injury. No matter what the cause – whether it’s from a slip on the ice, a ladder fall or a car crash – these injuries are life-changing for patients and their families.

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 1:00-5:00pm the first annual Minnesota Spinal Cord & Traumatic Brain Injury Research Symposium will showcase new and innovative research funded by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Grant Program. The Grant Program funds research to discover treatment and rehabilitation with the aim of improving function in people with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. The Symposium takes place at the new HealthPartners Neuroscience Center, 295 Phalen Blvd. in St. Paul.

“Without a doubt, the path to hope for these courageous patients is research,” explains neurosurgeon Uzma Samadani, M.D., Ph.D., Rockswold Kaplan Endowed Chair for TBI Research at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), one of the moderators at the Symposium. “As a researcher, surgeon and clinician, it’s truly an honor to uncover interventions that will make an impact on the way we diagnose and treat these types of injuries.”

The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and Get Up Stand Up to Cure Paralysis worked with Minnesota legislators in July of 2015 to pass funding legislation for this program. Funding is split 50/50 between research focused on spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. To date 21 research projects have been funded and will be showcased at the symposium along with select patient testimonials. In the next two years the Grant Program will award a total of $6 million for research.

Senator John Hoffman and Representative Tony Albright, who supported the legislation, will open the symposium followed by researchers from the Mayo Clinic, Hennepin County Medical Center, University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. In addition, speakers from Prevent Biometrics and TackleBar football will address current issues surrounding concussions.

Collaborative Minnesota partnerships like the ones featured at the Minnesota Spinal Cord & Traumatic Brain Injury Research Symposium are leading the way toward critical medical discoveries. For more information go to www.mnscitbiresearch.com/

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