The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) was an invited participant at the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit on May 20, 2014. Greg O’Shanick, MD, BIAA’s medical director emeritus, represented the organization and discussed BIAA’s efforts surrounding youth concussion interventions. With a generous grant from SAP, BIAA is developing an app that will give parents, teachers, coachers, and allied health professionals a platform to communicate with one another. It will also provide tools to help students return safely to school after concussion. BIAA endorsed the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014, which passed through the Senate Armed Services Committee and will be taken up by the Senate as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2015. BIAA has a number of webinars scheduled for people with brain injuries, caregivers, and professionals working in the field of brain injury. Visit www.biausa.org/webinars.
Mark your calendars for the next NABIS meeting which will be held April 30 – May 2, 2015, at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas! The 2015 program will be chaired by Jonathan Silver, MD, of the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Silver will be supported by an outstanding scientific committee of multidisciplinary brain injury professionals from across North America. As in previous NABIS meetings, the organizers welcome the submission original brain injury research for consideration for possible presentation at the conference. Abstracts are now being accepted via the NABIS on-line submission site. For details, or to submit your research, visit www.nabis.org.