Brain Injury

Back from Near-Death

December 2, 2014
Five years ago, Charnira was on life support and expected to remain in a vegetative state. Now 15, she is full of vitality, thanks to a brain injury program that helps non-responsive patients emerge into consciousness.

Charnira BerryNo one could have known that day how 10-year-old Charnira Berry’s life would be dramatically altered—or just how close she would come to struggling for survival. Her family was getting ready to go out, and while her father and siblings bustled around her, Charnira remained on the couch, sleeping. When her family was unable to rouse her, they realized something was seriously wrong.

Back to the Field or Back to the Bench? New Tool for Predicting Traumatic Brain Injury Outcomes

Martie
Callaghan
August 1, 2014
How soon should kids return to play after sustaining a concussion? Are they now more vulnerable to future injury or long-term effects on memory, mood, or behavior?

These are the kinds of questions Kennedy Krieger researchers are trying to answer with a new study on traumatic brain injury funded by the National Institutes of Health in partnership with the National Football League (NFL).

The Fight of His Life

Kristina
Rolfes
August 1, 2014
After a brain tumor blindsided Kokayi and left him without the ability to walk, talk, or even swallow, he fought to get his life back.

Kokayi Thomas with his motherFifteen-year-old Kokayi Thomas had always been healthy and athletic, until last November when he started complaining of weakness in his right arm and leg.

Northern Virginia Security Forum Traumatic Brain Injury Charity Golf Outing

Oct 6 2014 - 11:00am - 6:00pm

Mount Vernon County Club
5111 Old Mill Road
Alexandria, VA 22309

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Brain Injury Clinical Research Center (BICRC) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, as well as provide much needed funding for:

Brain Injury Association of Maryland

Mar 20 2014 (All day) - Mar 21 2014 (All day)

Crowne Plaza
2004 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093

NIH Awards Funds from NFL Donation to Kennedy Krieger for New Concussion Research Study

December 16, 2013

Baltimore, Md. – The National Institutes of Health announced today that a research study at Kennedy Krieger Institute is among eight projects to receive financial support to answer some of the most fundamental problems on traumatic brain injury. Under the direction of principal investigator Stacy Suskauer, M.D., Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at Kennedy Krieger, this new research study will focus on assessing youth sport-related concussion and recovery using somatosensory processing.

Maryland Physician Magazine: Managing Concussions and Choosing Wisely

May 1, 2013
Dr. Stacy Suskauer offers insights on new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of concussions in young people.

As the medical community becomes increasingly aware of the possible effects of even minor trauma to the brain, and as Maryland became the 18th state to pass laws addressing concussion management in 2011, programs to treat concussions are mushrooming. The Kennedy Krieger Institute now offers one such center, the Neurorehabilitation Concussion Clinic, as the newest arm of their Pediatric Brain Injury Program, which now addresses the full spectrum of brain injury severity.

The Healing Power of Therapy Dogs

by Kristina
Rolfes
August 2, 2013
Animal Assisted Therapy program uses specially trained dogs to enhance therapy.

Occupational therapist Lisa Rones works with Destiny Fallas to improve movement in her arm with the help of therapy dog Mattilda.When Stephanie Cooper Greenberg visits the children on Kennedy Krieger’s inpatient unit with her Dalmatian therapy dog, Mattilda, she gets to experience

Grand Prix of Baltimore Launches Initiative to Support Kennedy Krieger Institute's Efforts to Improve the Treatment of Children with Brain Injuries

May 14, 2013

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Organizers of the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT today announced a fundraising campaign to support the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s ongoing research to develop new and innovative treatments for children recovering from brain injuries. The initiative, which provides race fans with an opportunity to make voluntary $1 donations to Kennedy Krieger when purchasing Grand Prix tickets online, will enable the institute to expand its work to identify transformative brain injury rehabilitation techniques.

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