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More time to enroll in cutting edge Brain Institute training


Specialist instructors share best practices; deadline extended to Friday, Sept. 12

FAIRBANKS— Alaska agencies have teamed up to bring a multi-day training on best practices for treating brain injury to Fairbanks in early November. Alaska has some of the highest rates of traumatic brain injury in the nation. From soldiers to snowmachiners, skateboarders to seniors, Alaskans of all ages and lifestyles are at risk.

The 2014 Brain Institute, “Mild in the Wild: Assessment and Treatment of Concussion and Mild TBI in the Last Frontier,” will run Nov. 5-7 in the Westmark Hotel. The application deadline has been extended to Sept. 12 from Sept. 5; attendance is limited to 60 participants.

“Neuroscience has advanced tremendously in the past decade. Diagnosis is crucial and it is imperative that we have the most current and relevant information out there today to properly diagnosis and treat individuals,” said Dr. Adam Grove, chair of the Alaska Brain Injury Network Board. “We are thrilled to feature nationally recognized authorities such as professors Barry Willer, Ph.D. and John Leddy, M.D. of the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.”

The two-and-a-half day training will focus on practical solutions for assessing and treating concussion and mild traumatic brain injury. Participants will also learn diagnosis and rehabilitation techniques for patients with prolonged concussion symptoms.

The Brain Institute is designed for a multidisciplinary range of professionals, from doctors, nurses, rehabilitation professionals, neuropsychologists and psychologists to behavioral health counselors, educators, vocational specialists, paraprofessionals, school nurses, counselors, coaches and more.

Continuing education credits are available. The cost is $350; $100 will be reimbursed upon successful completion of the training and two follow up teleconferences in January and March. Limited travel funds are also available. Apply at www.alaskabraininjury.net/programs/2014-brain-institute. Contact: Eric Boyer, 907-264-6257, eric@alaskachd.org.

The event is co-hosted by the Alaska Brain Injury Network, the Trust Training Cooperative and the Alaska Center for Children and Adults. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Senior and Disabilities Services and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium are also sponsors.

For details on sponsorship opportunities, contact Jill Still, 907 274-2824, contact@alaskabraininjury.net.

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