Liveblogging the IA BIA Conference

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I’m currently at the IA Brain Injury Association Conference in Des Moines, IA, where at least 300 registrees are finding out more about brain injury treatment and advocacy. It’s an exciting atmosphere.

Later today, Brookhaven’s own Ron Broughton will be speaking about what happens when a brain injury patient shows up in a psychiatric setting (which occurs much more often than you might suspect). Broughton is one of the rare individuals who knows the ins and outs of both mental health treatment and brain injury rehabiliation, so it’s going to be a critical talk for those involved in both fields.

During the same session, Dave Demarest, a gifted neuropsychologist with On With Life, will be speaking on the use of Ambien to help people emerge from comas, which is a current hot-topic in the field.

Following lunch, Dr. Rolf Gainer is delivering a talk called The Lifespan, which will trace the impact of brain injury on social role. One of the most important aspects about this topic is the inclusion of data about aging with a brain injury.

Both Brookhaven presentations will be available online in the upcoming weeks, so keep checking back for updates. In the meantime, if you happen to be in the area, please stop by and say hello.

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