Headline Magazine – Spring 2013

The Spring 2013 issue of Headline Magazine is now available. Headline is an excellent source of news, events and research for the BC brain injury community. The magazine is produced quarterly by Mike Rossiter and Janelle Breese Biagioni.

In this issue:

  • The BC Brain Injury Association (BCBIA) and the Pacific Coast Brain Injury Association (PCBIA) Annouce Merger
  • BC Housing Grants Available for Home Adaptations
  • Paul Hardy Receives Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Worth Talking About
  • And more

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U.S. Proposal for Brain Research Echoes International Call to Reduce the Burden of TBI

Brain scan imagesLast week, President Obama called for $110 million to fund a brain-mapping study, akin to the human genome project. The President said he will include the funding for the “Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies” (BRAIN) Initiative, in his 2014 budget. Already underway at the National Institutes of Health, it’s hoped that the BRAIN Initiative will eventually yield methods of treating, preventing and curing traumatic brain injury as well as disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism and epilepsy.

For traumatic brain injury this initiative has the potential to:

a) Advance our knowledge of the mechanisms of brain injury and recovery, and;

b) Help develop better diagnostic tools and treatments for brain injury.

This is one of several key international investments into traumatic brain injury research. The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), in collaboration with the European Commission (EC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has set up the International Initiative for Traumatic Brain Injury Research (InTBIR). Established in 2011, this initiative aims to advance clinical traumatic brain injury research, treatment and care in order to “improve outcomes and lessen the global burden of traumatic brain injury by 2020.”

TBI is the leading cause of disability in individuals under the age of 45. The annual incidence of TBI is 500 per 100,000 people in North America and Europe and is steadily increasing due to an increased number of motor vehicle accidents, particularly in low- and middle- income countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that deaths from road traffic incidents (primarily due to TBI) will double between 2000 and 2020 and TBI will rise to the third leading cause of global mortality and disability by 2020 (WHO, 2009).

Not only does TBI have devastating effects on survivors and their loved ones, but also results in high socio-economic costs to society. As a result TBI has become one of the priorities in the national research agendas of many countries.


Invisible Bicycle Helmet Acts like Airbag

Watch “The Invisible Bicycle Helmet” by Fredrik Gertten, a 3-minute documentary fi

lm – part of the Focus Forward Films series.

Two female Swedish industrial designers have attempted to revolutionize helmet safety…and fashion. The ‘helmet’, which takes the form of a collar during regular use, inflates around the rider’s head when it senses a crash. The result is a giant puffy hood made of nylon that is able to withstand contact with concrete.

“The innovative Swedish inventors have successfully taken helmet issues beyond hockey and motorcycle helmets — that’s a good thing,” says Brian Webster Q.C.

“Bike helmets are a serious safety device. Helmets do reduce injuries particularly in falls from bikes, but unless they are worn they are useless. Many jurisdictions DON’T have helmet laws, so anything that highlights the importance of bike helmet safety and encourages proper helmet use has a huge potential benefit in reducing TBI frequency or severity.”


Find out more:

Hovding: The Invisible Bicycle Helmet website

ABC News Article: “‘Invisible Bike Helmet’ Keeps Hair Intact and Your Head Safe.”