March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
The #ChangeYourMind public awareness campaign provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. The goals of this campaign to raise awareness include:
- De-stigmatizing brain injury through outreach within the brain injury community
- Empowering those who have survived brain injury and their caregivers
- Promoting the many types of support that are available to people living with brain injury
To improve the future outcomes for those with brain injuries, we are dedicated to fast-tracking the development of diagnostic tests and personalized therapeutics for the millions of veterans and civilians suffering from the devastating effects of trauma on the brain.
What diagnostics & treatments are available for TBI?
Objective Diagnosis of TBI
Although a medical exam and imaging are the first steps in diagnosing potential head injury, universally accepted “gold standard” diagnostic standards have not yet been established. In recent years, new aide-in- diagnostics for mild TBI or concussion have come to the U.S. market but further objective diagnostic methods are needed as many TBIs are under-detected and under-treated. This is contributing to the growing epidemic of suicide among our nation’s heroes as trauma-related brain injuries often underlie suicide.
What treatment is available?
TBI populations are extremely diverse, representing a major hurdle to assessing therapeutic effectiveness. The symptoms and origin of these disorders are also diverse, highly complex, and frequently comorbid with other disorders. Current treatments for TBI depend on the severity of the injury. Treatment may include medications that are based on specific symptoms experienced including physical, cognitive, emotional, and sleep disturbances.
What are next steps in research?
There is a critical need for funding to support new technologies and research that will advance the discovery of biomarkers for precision diagnosis and new targets for the effective treatment of brain trauma and other life-changing brain conditions. Cohen Veterans Bioscience and our partners are actively working to advance research for brain health. Together, we want to speed the discovery of first-generation diagnostics, treatments, and cures for TBIs and other brain injuries and their consequences.
Additional Information & Resources
If you have taken steps to end your life, call 911 immediately.
Please use contact below if you are having suicide ideation:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-273-8255
National Sexual Assault Hotline – (800) 656-HOPE
National Center for PTSD – Veterans Crisis Line – (800) 273-8255
Women’s Veterans Call Center – 1-855-VA-Women