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is a update on federal policy activity related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and is published weekly when Congress is in session. The Brain Injury Association of America

is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. Our mission is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury. Through advocacy, we bring help, hope and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them. The Brain Injury Association of America is grateful to its Corporate Sponsors for their support of our advocacy, awareness, information and education programs. Please visit their Web sites to learn more about their programs and services.


June 10, 2016

The Brain Injury Association of America asked me to post this latest legislative update:

 Congressional Brain Injury Task Force to Host Briefing on Women and Traumatic Brain Injury

Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Representative Thomas J. Rooney (R-Fla.), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force and Congresswomen Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Dianna DeGette (D-CO) in association with the Brain Injury Association of America cordially invite you to attend:

Women and Traumatic Brain Injury: A Frontier Yet to be Explored

Congressional Briefing

 Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

2456 Rayburn House Office Building


Joanne Finegan, MSA, CTRS, FDRT President and CEO of ReMed, US Community Behavioral and Embassy Management, LLC Member of the Business and Professional Council of the Brain Injury Association of America


  Briana Scurry

Retired Goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Olympic Gold Medalist

World Cup Champion


Yelena Goldin, PhD

Clinical and Research Neuropsychologist, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute

Clinical Assistant Professor, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Co-Chair of Girls and Women’s with Acquired Brain Injury Task Force, American College of Rehabilitation Medicine


Alison Cernich, PhD

Director, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research

National Institutes of Health


Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, PhD, ABN, ABPP-RP

Director& Neuropsychologist, Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey at The RSM Psychology Center

Adjunct Professor in Clinical Psychology, Widener University


Navy Captain (Dr.) Mike Colston

Director, Defense Centers on Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury


Spasticity Awareness Week to Launch Next Week

BIAA, along with other patient advocacy organizations, has launched the first annual Spasticity Awareness Week, June 13-17. Spasticity Awareness Week aims to build awareness and educate consumers about spasticity and the individual’s spasticity impacts. The Spasticity Awareness website will be a live site throughout the year.

After a brain injury, some individuals may experience spasticity. Spasticity is a condition that causes stiff, tight muscles, especially in the arms and legs. Individuals with spasticity are often unable to relax their muscles. As a result, movements are stiff, jerky or uncontrollable. Spasticity may also mask potential movement in the individual and it often occurs in individuals with brain injury.

To learn more about brain injury and spasticity, visit BIAA’s website, and download The Road to Rehabilitation 7, Traveling Toward Relief Dealing with Spasticity in Brain Injury for a small donation.