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NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - NINDS

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) was originally established in 1950. The NINDS conducts and supports research and research training on the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of neurological disorders and stroke. The Institute awards grants for research projects, program projects, and center grants; provides training support to institutions and fellowships to individuals in the fields of neurological disorders and stroke; conducts intramural and collaborative research; and collects and disseminates research information. Requests for information should be directed to the Office of Communications and Public Liaison.

Review Date: July 26, 2011

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American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

The American Occupational Therapy Association is a national professional society established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners, and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services. Occupational therapy is a vital health care service whose practitioners help to restore and sustain the highest quality of productive life to persons recovering from illnesses or injuries, or coping with developmental disabilities or changes resulting from the aging process. Current AOTA membership numbers approximately 42,000, including occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students. Members reside in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 65 foreign countries. AOTA's major programs and activities are directed toward assuring the quality of occupational services; improving consumer access to healthcare services, and promoting the professional development of members.

Review Date: February 14, 2013

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Brain Injury Association of America

The Brain Injury Association of America, formerly the National Head Injury Foundation, was founded in 1980. A national non-profit organization, the association's main focus is to provide services to persons with brain injuries and their families. Our mission is to be the voice of brain injury. Through advocacy, education and research, we bring help, hope and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them.

Review Date: May 10, 2011

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Coma/ Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Association, Inc.

The goal of the Coma Recovery Association, Inc. is to provide information and referral to families and survivors of coma and head injury, so that they can make informed choices regarding treatment, rehabilitation and socialization alternatives. Also offers support groups and conferences.

Review Date: March 18, 2009

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Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families. The Real Warriors Campaign promotes help-seeking behavior among service members and veterans with invisible wounds and encourages service members to increase their awareness and use of these resources. To reach the broadest audience possible, the campaign features a variety of strategies including outreach and partnerships, print materials, media outreach, an interactive website and social media. The campaign features stories of real service members who have sought treatment and are continuing to maintain successful military or civilian careers. In addition, DCoE established the DCoE Outreach Center, a 24/7 call center staffed by health resource consultants to provide confidential answers, tools, tips and resources about psychological health and traumatic brain injury. The Outreach Center can be reached toll-free at 866-966-1020 or via e-mail at resources@dcoeoutreach.org.

Review Date: February 08, 2012

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HelpHOPELive

HelpHOPELive (formerly, the National Transplant Assistance Fund) helps families address financial hardships arising from uninsured medical expenses related to transplantation (solid organ, bone marrow, stem cell or tissue) and catastrophic injury (spinal cord, traumatic brain and/or amputation). Established in 1983 by medical professionals, NTAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with headquarters in Radnor, Pennsylvania, that provides expert fundraising guidance to patients, families and communities nationwide, while offering fiscal accountability for funds raised.

Review Date: October 17, 2011

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International Brain Injury Association

The International Brain Injury Association was founded by George A. Zitnay, PhD and Martin B. Foil, Jr. following an international meeting on brain injury held at Oxford University in April of 1993. The formation of IBIA came as a recommendation by the group assembled in Oxford, that a need existed for an international organization that worked with professionals and families from a multidisciplinary approach. IBIA was established to encourage international exchange of information, to support research, to provide training especially in developing countries and to advocate for brain injury. One of the approaches taken by IBIA was the creation of the “World Congress on Brain Injury”.

Review Date: December 02, 2011

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ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation

The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation’s mission is to prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries through education, research and advocacy. The ThinkFirst Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, providing program materials, training and support to more than 175 ThinkFirst chapters worldwide, that provide dynamic presentations to students of all ages. Health educators and ThinkFirst VIP speakers, who share their personal testimony of experiencing a brain or spinal cord injury, increase participants’ knowledge as to how injuries occur and how important it is to make safe choices pertaining to vehicle safety, sports safety, and the prevention of falls and violence. Visit www.thinkfirst.org for Facts and Prevention Tips.

Review Date: March 20, 2013

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