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BIAA National Medical Director Brent Masel is Guest Editor for Journal of Neurotrauma

15-Dec-2015 In 2009, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) encouraged the field of rehabilitation to embrace the concept that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is not an event, but rather it is the beginning of a lifelong chronic condition that causes and accelerates other disease processes. Brent Masel, M.D., National Medical Director of BIAA, was instrumental in disseminating information about this concept and, with Douglas DeWitt, Ph.D., authored a Journal of Neurotrauma article in 2010 advancing the premise.

A special December 2015 issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma is dedicated entirely to the long-term consequences of TBI. Once again Dr. Masel is leading the discussion as a guest editor and author.

There are more than 5.3 million people in the U.S. living with disabilities as a result of TBI. People with TBI can experience memory problems, difficulty with speech, difficulty walking, seizures, sleep disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, loss of inhibition, emotional outbursts, anxiety, depression, and a range of other psychiatric problems.

In a letter to readers, Dr. Masel said, “The articles presented in this special edition support the concept that many TBIs are chronic and that a TBI is the beginning of an evolving process of medical issues that negatively impact the lives of those affected.”

Dr. Masel also co-authored a paper with Randy Urban, M.D. on the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine issues resulting from TBI. In the paper the authors note that 35 percent of people with moderate to severe TBI sustain damage to the pituitary, and that this damage is observed in more than 60 percent of autopsies involving TBI.

On January 13, 2016, BIAA will present a one-hour webinar featuring Dr. Masel, who will update attendees on progress in science, medicine, and rehabilitative practice in treating brain injury as a disease. To register, visit

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