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Brain Injury Awareness Month Observed


​By Bernard S. Little, with photos by Mark Oswell

WRNMMC Command Communications

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed Bethesda kicked off Brain Injury Awareness Month with resource fair March 1 in the America Building at the medical center. In addition to NICoE, the fair included other agencies and organizations focused on traumatic brain injury care and research, including the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center and the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine.
NICoE, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, define TBI as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Everyone is at risk for a TBI, and information at the resource fair included advice people can use to help prevent injury including wearing seat belts when driving, as well as using proper head protection when performing certain jobs, motorcycling, and participating in various recreational and sports activities.
According to the CDC, approximately 2 million people sustain a TBI annually, and of that number, more than 50,000 die, nearly 300,000 are hospitalized, and about 1.3 million are treated in emergency rooms and released.
Other NICoE events planned at WRB for the month in observance of brain injury awareness include: a program March 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Building 10’s Clark Auditorium focused on “The Roles of the Metacognitive and Emotional Regulation In Cognitive Rehabilitation after TBI,” and the DVBIC’s Annual Deborah Ward Lectureship on March 27 from noon to 1 p.m. in the NICoE Auditorium in Building 51.
For more information, contact U.S. Public Health Service Lt. Sherray Holland at sherray.l.holland.mil@mail.mil.