Monday, 23 May 2011

Patrick Kennedy Spearheads New Brain Injury Research Initiative

Former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy is the face of a new initiative aimed at the establishment of a strategic plan to speed up research into cures for brain diseases. He is the cochairman of the One Mind for Research Scientific Forum, which is scheduled to run in Boston early this week.

According to Kennedy, the goal of the forum will be to establish a 10-year plan that will facilitate greater collaboration in neurosciences, boosting current research into brain illnesses and conditions. On top of the agenda at the forum will be the mental illnesses and conditions that veterans returning from battlefields suffer as a result of traumatic brain injuries. According to Kennedy, suicide rates involving vets returning from battlefields are, in some cases, greater than the number of soldiers actually dying in combat. He believes that there has been sluggish progress in research that would offer the hope of a complete cure for people who have suffered a brain injury and struggle with the aftermath. Los Angeles brain injury lawyers would agree.

Much of the focus at the forum is likely to be on dealing with the consequences of a brain injury, including depression and suicidal tendencies. Depression is one of the most common aftereffects of a brain injury. The forum is also likely to attack topics like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the growing incidence of Alzheimer's disease. These conditions are sometimes the result of a brain injury. One of the subjects that researchers need to tackle is the alarmingly lowered funding sources for brain injury research and treatment.

The forum is likely to see scientists, clinical researchers, brain injury advocacy groups, and representatives of the National Institutes of Health. Los Angeles brain injury attorneys also expect to see people who have been personally impacted by brain injury affecting them, or those near to them.

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