Red Nose Day 13th March 2015 was celebrated at Kent & Canterbury Hospital to raise awareness of the increased brain injury and dementia risk in our military veterans. The Defence Minister, Julian Brazier MP congratulated Dr Mo Sakel for winning the PhD grant to for the neuromodulation research and discussed the mechanism and its far reaching implications. Diverse organisations including Headway, Sir William Beveridge Foundation, Kent Brain Injury Forum (KBIF), Neurorehabilitation team of EKHUFT, ex-servicemen supported the initiative.
Professor Barnes received a Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the field of neurorehabilitation this week from the brother of the Emir of Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Khalifa. He said ” I was very honoured to receive this award and very grateful to the Sheikh for sparing the time to come to the conference in Abu Dhabi to present it. It was shared with the “father” of Neurorehabilitation, Prof Franz Gerstenbrand and thus it was a double honour for me.”
To celebrate BAW, the Dana Alliance and Dana Foundation have added several new features to their website. Please visit the Dana Homepage for links to BAW Partner Interviews and blogs about 2015 events. Also, be sure to check out the article and video that looks back on BAW’s 20 years of education and outreach about the brain. On the BAW website, there is a series of new downloadable resources based on the Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research booklet; they’re easy to print and share with your audiences.
The United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) is working with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) to raise the standards of practice amongst lawyers working in the field of acquired brain injury. The organisation is recommending APIL’s Brain Injury Specialist scheme (ABIS), which is for senior litigators who have demonstrated further competence in this field.