Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB) fully supports portrayals in Causeway for its accurate depiction of traumatic brain injury and the Veteran experience. Cohen Veterans Bioscience is pleased to see brave artists take an unflinching approach to bring this difficult topic of TBI out of the shadows. Jennifer Lawrence stars as a military engineer healing from TBI and the invisible wounds of war. The film follows “Lynsey,” who suffers a traumatic brain injury while deployed in Afghanistan and her struggles with rehabilitation and depression adjusting to life back home.
“We hope the film Causeway will do for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) what Concussion did for CTE in taking the first step of normalizing the conversation by spreading awareness about these invisible wounds. CVB is committed to advancing the science of and treatments for TBI and we encourage all people touched by traumatic brain injury to openly discuss and seek the help they need to heal,” said Magali Haas, MD, PhD, CEO & President, Cohen Veterans Bioscience.
TBIs result from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or from a penetrating head injury. Explosive blasts can also cause TBIs; this is a particular concern among those who serve in the military. Essentially, any external force that causes the brain to move within the head can disrupt normal brain function, leading to loss of consciousness, or being dazed and confused.
Clinical Signs of Alteration in Brain Function
Military service members and veterans of recent conflicts and combat are a population of special concern.
Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. has deployed more than 2.7 million men and women to support combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to the Department of Defense’s evaluation of U.S. military casualty statistics:
Further, military personnel with a history of mild TBI are at an increased risk for developing post-traumatic stress (PTS).
Among U.S. Army infantry soldiers returning from Iraq, 43.9% of those who reported a TBI with loss of consciousness also reported symptoms of PTS.
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