Welcome to Texas Brain Injury Alliance


support Texas Brain Injury AllianceTexas Brain Injury Alliance (TexasBIA) provides help, hope and a voice for Texans who have sustained a brain injury.

TexasBIA is a statewide non-profit organization wholly committed to helping brain injury survivors prevail. It is one of 24 state Brain Injury Alliances chartered by the United States Brain Injury Alliance and dedicated to improving lives for individuals who live with brain injury, their families, and the professionals who serve them through awareness, prevention, advocacy, support, research, education and community engagement.

Brain injury is not an event—it marks the start of a neurological disease that most often lasts a lifetime. Individuals who sustain a brain injury must have quick access to expert trauma care, followed by specialized rehabilitation and lifelong disease management to live healthy, independent and satisfying lives.

Email us at info@texasbia.org

 

 

31st Texas Brain Injury Symposium
December 11, 2015
J.J. Pickle Center, Austin, Texas

The Texas Brain Injury Alliance proudly announces that our 2015 Symposium will be held December 11, 2015 at UT’s J.J. Pickle Research Center in Austin.  The day-long Symposium will provide an opportunity for survivors, educators, families, regulators, medical staff, case managers and others to come together to share information and inspiration. Pre-registration will be required for this conference and registration details will be available shortly.  We are now accepting applications for presentations and for posters:

Call for Presentations: Sessions will be a joint audience of professionals and survivors of brain injuries and their families. Identified topics of interest include: Behavior Management, Community Reintegration, Neuro-Pharmaceuticals, Pediatric Brain Injury, Vocational Re-entry, Aging with Brain Injury, Locating Resources in the Community, as well as other topics describing innovative, creative approaches, or useful research. The length of each presentation is 45 minutes. If your presentation proposal is selected, please note that expenses associated with your presenting at the TXBIA Annual Statewide Conference are considered an in-kind donation to the Texas Brain Injury Alliance. An honorarium and reimbursement of travel expenses will not be provided, however conference registration fees will be waived for speakers. Applications are due by September 15th, and can be found on the texasbia.org website, or by emailing kramseybia@gmail.com for more information.

Applications for the presentations can be found here:  CallforPapers

 
Call for Posters: We are also accepting abstracts for poster presentations for the December 2015 Symposium. Presentations should describe innovative practices, useful research or creative approaches in the field of brain injury in Texas. Those interested in submitting their work for consideration for inclusion in the poster session should contact Greg Walton, Poster Chair, at gregwalton12@aol.com. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. The abstract should be no longer than five hundred words in length. All poster presenters must be registered for the conference. Submissions will be judged on the basis of creativity, innovation and relevance to the symposium goals. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2015.

 



NEWS


Researchers looking for hope for brain injuries…

DALLAS — It’s a time of year when people look forward to great things to come in the year ahead. The Dallas Morning News discovered the following great things to come for brain injury in North Texas.

Therapy for brain injuries

We’ve all heard the singsong phrase, “Practice makes perfect.”

If you can’t sing a song, practice singing. If you can’t play the violin, practice playing. If you can’t read a book, practice reading. For those of us with normal, intact brains, the more we practice, the more we eventually learn what we’re practicing.

Not so for someone with brain injury.

No matter how much they practice, most people who’ve suffered from a brain injury can’t learn even the most menial tasks they were able to do before the injury, like walking or opening a door, says Dr. Michael Kilgard, professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas.

“It’s just that the brain is in a state that’s not conducive for learning,” he says.

That’s why Kilgard and his team at UTD are working on a therapy that will change the state of neurons in a brain damaged by stroke, making them more conducive to learning… READ MORE

 

Brain-injury expert says concussions have devastating impact on football

COLLEGE STATION – Brain injuries suffered by NFL players are now becoming commonplace and many more cases are almost certain to occur with tragic results, said an expert from Boston College during a sports medicine symposium Friday at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Ann McKee, director of neuropathology at Boston College, also serves as a member of the Mackey White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee for the National Football League. She is an expert on brain injuries, especially those involving chronic traumatic encephalopathy, called CTE.

She has examined numerous brains of deceased NFL players, including that of former San Diego Charger Junior Seau, who committed suicide with a gunshot wound to the chest on May 2, 2012 at the age of 43. Later studies by the National Institutes of Health concluded that Seau suffered from CTE, a type of chronic brain damage that has also been found in other deceased former NFL players… READ MORE