One gene influences recovery from traumatic brain injury

Monday, 03 March 2014 14:12

One change in the sequence of the BDNF gene causes some people to be more impaired by traumatic brain injury than others with comparable wounds, new research shows. The study measured general intelligence in a group of 156 Vietnam War veterans who suffered penetrating head injuries during the war. All of the study subjects had damage to the prefrontal cortex, a brain region behind the forehead that is important to cognitive tasks such as planning, problem-solving, self-restraint and complex thought. The team found that a single polymorphism (a difference in one “letter” of the sequence) in the BDNF gene accounted for significant differences in intelligence among those with similar injuries and comparable intelligence before being injured.  

Like to know more? Find out at the ScienceDaily website.


Factors affecting self-reporting among people with traumatic brain injury evaluated

Monday, 03 March 2014 13:10

Among individuals with traumatic brain injury, depression and self-awareness affect subjective reports of memory, quality of life, and satisfaction with life, new research has found. Impairment in self-awareness (the ability to accurately recognize one's own abilities and limitations) often occurs after TBI. Intact self-awareness would result in accurate self-reports; however, intact self-awareness can also be associated with depressive symptoms. This is the first study to examine the complex relationship between self-awareness and depression, while also accounting for the self-reporting of well being and quality of life by individuals with TBI.  

Read more about this research at the ScienceDaily website.


Neurodisability Assist Grants

Thursday, 20 February 2014 08:09

Applications for the 2014–15 Neurodisability Assist Trust Grant Program are now being accepted. The Neurodisability Assist Trust will provide a grant of up to $25,000 in 2014-15.

The Neurodisability Assist Trust Grant Program is financed from a private Ancillary Fund that has been established and funded by Dr Peter McCullagh from July 2013.  Dr McCullagh has had a long standing interest in promoting the rights and welfare of people living with brain injury acquired either pre- or post-natally, their families and carers, and has written two books and numerous journal articles on this subject over the years.Dr McCullagh’s most recent book, Ted Freeman and the Battle for the Injured Brain: A Case History of Professional Prejudice, is available for free download and print-on-demand purchase through the Australian National University (ANU) E Press website at:

The primary objective of the Neurodisability Assist Trust Grant Program is to encourage recent graduates or undergraduates (candidates up to thirty years of age) to pursue or continue pursuing a career in the neuro-disability field.  The candidates are expected to undertake projects or study tours that should, in the long term, result in positive impacts for people who are marginalised and have complex needs from living with brain injury acquired either pre- or post-natally (including conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, foetal alcohol syndrome, head trauma and stroke).

For more information about applying for a grant read or download the grant information document. [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 12.75 KB]


Brain injuries: what NICE doesn't tell you

Friday, 31 January 2014 19:22

The UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) determines the guidelines that British doctors should follow. But recent revisions mean that potentially life-saving information about brain injuries isn't given to patients.

The title of this post is a play on the title of the magazine "What doctors don't tell you" (a rag so packed to the brim with pseudoscience and anti-vaccine propaganda that it's practically a quack's guidebook, but that's a story for another day). As regular readers will be aware, I believe doctors generally do tell you absolutely what you need to know. Unfortunately it seems the UK's governing body that assesses amongst other things, what doctors should tell you, has been resisting calls from a range of experts to inform people who have had brain injuries about a piece of information that could save their life.

Interested in this story? Read more on The Guardian (UK) website.


National Acquired Brain Injury Conference 2014 - Call for Abstracts

Thursday, 09 January 2014 12:33

In August 2014, the Loddon Mallee Acquired Brain Injury Network (LMABIN), in collaboration with Bendigo Health, will stage its second industry specific region-wide conference. The conference will bring together knowledge and experience from a wide range of practitioners and academics with valuable insights into current issues for people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). This is a rare opportunity to gather together people with expertise across disciplines and to explore current and future options.

For more information, download the Conference flyer. [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 212.35 KB]


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