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Welcome to BIAC’s directory of Connecticut-based community resources, state and national organizations, and publications with important information related to brain injury education, prevention, and recovery. If you need further assistance, please give our helpline a call at 860-219-0291 to connect with a Brain Injury Specialist, or email general@biact.org.

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Professional Development/Trainings

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The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC) provides free professional brain injury training. These may be conducted in person*, or via video conferencing, however you prefer. We have a variety of focus topics that we can present on, or we can develop an educational program to meet your specific needs. All trainings are customized and tailored to the audience’s needs.

If you are interested in hosting a training or presentation, please contact Bonnie Meyers, Director of Programs and Services, at 860-219-0291x304 or bmeyers@biact.org.

*Please note we request a donation for in-person training to help cover the cost of travel.

Examples of Some Current Offerings

Overview of Concussion

Participants will be provided an overview of concussion, including signs and symptoms, risk of secondary injury (including Second Impact Syndrome), and guidelines for return to play and return to the classroom following concussion.

Return to Learn After Concussion

Participants will be provided an overview of concussion, including signs and symptoms, as well as recommended best practices for assisting students in returning to the classroom following concussion.

Brain Injury Basics for Families & People with Brain Injury

Participants will learn about what brain injury is; the incidence of brain injury; the common effects of brain injury; strategies family members can use; tips for caregivers; and resources available to families through the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut.

Overview of Brain Injury Resources

Developed as a companion to the booklet Road to Rehabilitation: Your GPS for Navigating CT’s Health, Disability and Social Service Systems after Brain Injury, participants will learn about the continuum of care after brain injury, gaps in the continuum, and resources for assistive technology, transportation, return to work, education, mental health, legal, social/recreational, and more.

Pediatric Brain Injury

Participants will learn about pediatric brain injury, the incidence of pediatric brain injury, causes and consequences of pediatric brain injury, strategies, and resources for families, and transitioning to school after pediatric brain injury.

Domestic Violence & Brain Injury

Participants will learn about the intersection of domestic violence and brain injury, causes and consequences of brain injury caused by domestic violence, and strategies for supporting individuals who have experienced domestic violence and brain injury.

Return to Work after Brain Injury

Helpful Strategies/Accommodations for Success – Participants will learn about the cognitive, emotional/behavioral and/or physical issues that may interfere with a smooth transition back to the workplace after brain injury. Strategies and accommodations that will help the individual successfully return to work will be discussed.

Annual Conference

BIAC offers an Annual Conference each spring that brings together professionals in the field of brain injury to learn about advances in treatment, network with professionals and gain access to cutting-edge research and information. Learn more about BIAC’s Annual Conference.

Introduction to Brain Injury for Professionals

Participants will learn the basic facts about the brain and brain injury, including the causes and consequences of brain injury, living with a brain injury and its effects, and how professionals can assist people with brain injury and their family members.

National Certification in Brain Injury

The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut conducts Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) trainings for professionals in the field of brain injury interested in becoming a Certified Brain Injury Specialist.  This training is specifically designed to help review material for the certification examination and to strengthen the network of dedicated, competent brain injury specialists across Connecticut. BIAC also offers Fundamentals of Brain Injury training.

Please Note

A minimum of 10 attendees is required and we ask that groups, schools and organizations requesting trainings and presentations provide a donation to cover travel expenses from the BIAC office in Windsor.

A minimum donation of $50 is requested for travel less than 50 miles round trip (from the BIAC office in Windsor), and a minimum donation of $100 for travel exceeding 50 miles round trip.

The trainings and presentations do not have a cost associated with them (except for travel reimbursement), but we always appreciate your consideration of a donation to BIAC if you found the training helpful and valuable.

Research

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BIAC is proud to support research that ultimately benefits the brain injury community. Research and reports on brain injury lead to an expansion of knowledge to help recognize, respond to and recover from brain injury.

The CDC has made recommendations to Congress in its report, Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Epidemiology and Rehabilitation, addressing the critical gaps related to improving estimates of TBI incidence; Enhancing measures used to evaluate rehabilitation success; and Improving TBI rehabilitation research and expanding service delivery. This Report helps shine a spotlight on what is needed to improve TBI rehabilitation services, access to care, and quality of life for people living with TBI, and their loved ones.

Research study articles and IRB (Internal Review Board) approved research studies, which are seeking study participants, are available below.

Current Research Studies

Cognitive Rehabilitation for Post Traumatic Epilepsy The HOBSCOTCH Institute at Dartmouth Health is seeking candidates to participate in their research for cognitive rehabilitation for post-traumatic (i.e., post head injury) epilepsy with your members.

The HOBSCOTCH program consists of nine one-on-one virtual coaching sessions over the course of six months with a certified coach, where patients will learn more about how their epilepsy affects their cognition and strategies to manage day-to-day challenges. Caregivers can be recruited alongside patients, and participate in the first and last coaching session to learn how to better support their loved one.

You can learn more about the HOBSCOTCH-PTE study here: https://go.d-h.org/pte 

Participants can be located nationwide, must be 18 years or older, and must have access to a telephone and internet connection. Patients must have diagnosed post-traumatic epilepsy and report problems with memory, thinking, or attention.

Participants will receive $15 each time they
complete a set of surveys. If all sets are completed,
they will receive up to $45. Contact: Sarah Kaden: sarah.j.kaden@hitchcock.org or (603) 650-4225

Intensive Treatment Study for Aphasia The Aphasia Rehab Lab at the University of Connecticut is conducting a study focused on intensive language therapy and brain imaging for adults with aphasia following a stroke. We are seeking participants who are motivated to improve their language skills, can secure reliable transportation to the Storrs campus, and can undergo a 45-minute MRI scan. Participants will be reimbursed $10/day for travel (for assessment days) and $25 for each fMRI scan. For details on enrollment, contact Louisa Suting at louisa.suting@uconn.edu or (201) 932-4029. 

Brain Injury and Domestic Violence / Ongoing and Current 2022 Trinity College is studying whether survivors of domestic violence experience a traumatic brain injury. If you are a survivor of domestic violence or interpersonal violence, you may be eligible to participate. Compensation for your time will be in the form of a gift card(s) to either Wal-Mart or Stop and Shop at the rate of $20 per hour. Total participation time will be about 3 hours. Please contact Sarah Raskin – raskinlab@trincoll.edu  860-297-5188 

Study Relating to Cognitive Rehabilitation After TBI/ Ongoing and Current 2022

Trinity College & The Olin Neuropsychiatric Research Center at the Institute of Living are conducting a study on cognitive rehabilitation after brain injury.
Did you have a traumatic brain injury? Do you have difficulty with memory? Are you between the ages of 20-55, English speaking and otherwise healthy? If so, you may be eligible to volunteer for a study to see whether cognitive rehabilitation treatment can help improve your memory.

Compensation for this study paid at a standard rate of $20 per hour in the form of a gift card, up to a total of $160 if all appointments for the study are completed.

Sarah Raskin, PhD and Michael Stevens, PhD are supervising the study.

Please contact Sarah Raskin – raskinlab@trincoll.edu 860-297-5188. Thank you again for considering this research opportunity.

Interested in participating in an important research study about psychological and emotional well-being after TBI? And get paid for your time and effort!

The purpose of this study is to compare two different programs aimed at improving psychological and emotional well-being in people with moderate to severe TBI, ages 18-70. Participation in this study lasts approximately 6 months. You will be assigned to one of two groups and attend the 10-week intervention once a week for 1-2 hours. There will be three testing sessions which could last up to 3 hours each (could be done over two meetings of 1.5 hours each). All the testing and intervention sessions are done remotely via Zoom. You will receive $240 for your time. For additional information or to see if you are eligible to participate, please contact Diana Maloku at (973) 324-8393 or dmaloku@kesslerfoundation.org.

Searchable Database

If you would like to hear about past, present and future clinical trials, please use the U.S. National Library of Medicine database link below to find information on completed, recruiting, and active studies in Brain Injury. ClinicalTrials.gov