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  • Did you know December is:

    National Impaired Driving Prevention Month! Download the Whitehouse's drugged driving toolkit here to help "Identify, Educate, and Prevent Youth Drugged Driving."

    For more information, visit the Stop Drugged Driving website.

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  • NASA Eye-Tracking Study

    Researchers at NASA Ames Research Center are looking for volunteers who have mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries willing to participate in a study on the use of a NASA-developed, non-invasive technology to detect and characterize neural impairment. Participants must be able to look at and track small moving targets on a television screen during this 15-minute test. If you are between the ages of 18-60, and have normal/correct to normal vision, you may qualify to participate in the study.

    For more information about the study, click here, or call Lily Wong at (650)604-1446.

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  • Brain Injury Studies conducted by the Program in Rehabilitation Neuroscience in collaboration with the VA and University of California

    The purpose of this research is to find better ways to treat cognitive problems associated with brain injury and post traumatic stress.  These studies involve testing interventions designed to improve attention, organization, and goal management. Studies are open to people between age 18 - 75. There will be a screening interview.  Participation requires a one day to six month commitment, depending on the study.

    If you are interested in participating, call 925-372-2498 (East Bay) or 415-221-4810, ext 4129 (San Francisco Area).

    For more info, read the brochure here.                                                                           List of static announcements

  • UCSF Caregiver Health Study - If you are caring for a loved one affected by Alzheimer's disease, other forms of dementia, stroke, Parkinsons, type 2 diabetes mellitus, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, etc., the USCF FAST LAB would appreciate it if you would complete their survey.

    This anonymous survey will ask you questions about your stress, physical activity levels, and experience as a caregiver.  Link to the survey here.

    For more info, go here or contact Samantha Schilf, the study coordinator, at 415.476.3818 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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  • Outsmarting Brain Injury – A new teaching and discussion listserv is now available to anyone interested in learning strategies and tactics to outsmart brain injury.  Facilitated by Kathy Moeller, BA, CBIS, and Founder of the BRAIN BOOK® Life and Work Management System and the My Bionic Brain® cognitive prosthetic, the discussion list provides an opportunity to learn, share and contribute.

    For more information, send Kathy Moeller an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Provide a brief description of your interest in, or relationship with brain injury. Or visit www.MyBionicBrain.com.

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  • Are you interested in participating in a TBI and social competency research study?  The VA Palo Alto Health Care System is taking part in a research study that will test the effectiveness of a Treatment Program for improving Social Competence. This study is open to males and females, active duty service members, veterans, and civilians.  If you qualify, you would take part in a 13 week treatment program.  To determine if you qualify to participate, call the Study Coordinator @ (650) 493-5000 ext 67268.

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  • HOPE BEYOND TRAUMA . . . a mother's journey by Janie Smith

    The author takes you behind the scenes with her family after their teenage daughter, Tanya, is involved in a fatal auto accident. Tanya is revived in the Life Flight helicopter—only to face an even greater life challenge.  Experience a mother’s agony and fears as her daughter awakens to the realization that she has sustained severe brain injuries.  Read more about the book and purchase it here.

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  • 4th annual Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference, Feb 5 - 7, 2015
    Building on the Legacy of Coma to Community

    The Planning Committee invites you to submit abstracts for presentation.  For more info go here.  The deadline for abstract submissions is August 31, 2014.

    The Planning Committee invites you to become a sponsor and/or participate as an exhibitor and showcase your products and services to conference attendees. For more information about Exhibits and Sponsorship, go here.

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  • This video is about Doug Markgraf's journey from coma to an inspiring cross-country bicycle trek. It reflects on the difficulties faced by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor and documents the struggles to return to a norm, independent life. It's a story about hope, overcoming debilitating setbacks, and achieving amazing things. Be sure to read Doug's blog at DougTrails Blog.

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  • TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY RESEARCH STUDY - Seeking veterans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after January 1, 2002 while on active duty and civilians to participate in a research study.  Read more here.

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  • CONNECTED by Jackie Cloren

    This book is about a mother dealing with a son who was assaulted and sustained a major traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Jackie writes about her son's injury, how it changed their family, and delivers a message about the repercussions of neglecting children.  Get the book here.

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Welcome to the BIC community!

Visualize the quiet despair and lonely struggle of those affected by brain injury as they attempt to understand their private new reality . . .

Consider the value of a community organization dedicated to empowering and connecting those affected by brain injury to resources . . .

Imagine how easy it would be for you to improve the lives of so many . . .

All brain injuries are traumatic to those affected – both survivors and caregivers – but not all brain injuries are traumatic brain injuries (TBI).  TBI's are one type of acquired brain injury (ABI).  The common denominator is the body's most important and least understood organ, the human brain.  Common causes of brain injury are included here.

The Brain Injury Connection's (BIC) focus is on the ABI community. We are committed to helping those whose lives have been affected by brain injury and we want them to know immediately they are not alone and there are resources available to them.

Brain injury changes lives. Those living with a brain injury are often neglected and misunderstood because the problems are invisible, which makes them easier to ignore or misdiagnose.


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