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BIAA to Launch New Division To Support Brain Injury Survivors In Texas


The leading source for brain injury support in the U.S. will step forward its array of powerful education, information and advocacy programs with a new operating division – The Brain Injury Association of America-Texas Division.

The new BIAA-TX Division was launched to fill a void in Texas created after the former BIAA affiliate failed to renew its contract by the June 30, 2012 deadline. Susan Connors, president and CEO of BIAA clarified, “BIAA is aware of crucial and unmet needs in Texas. The Board of Directors’ unanimous vote to establish the new division means Texans with brain injury, caregivers and professionals will gain from a more potent association.”

James F. Humphreys, chairman of BIAA’s governing board, said the new division will focus on outreach to those who have “suffered, underserved and in silence, for too long” through education programs planned for this fall and winter. Awareness campaigns and fundraising activities aimed at the public are also scheduled.

“We’ll also bring our advocacy muscle and know-how as our staff work to influence the state legislature,” Humphreys added.

The new division will be governed by BIAA’s board of directors, whose members include Brent Masel, M.D., president and medical director of the Galveston-based Transitional Learning Center; Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, M.D., Ph.D., former professor of Neurology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas who is now Director of Clinical Research for the U.S. Department of Defense, Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine; and Christopher Slover, chairman and CEO of Lakeview Healthcare Systems and a resident of Austin.

Texas is second only to California in size and population. More than 150,000 Texans are injured each year, and more than 380,000 live with a lifelong disability as a result of traumatic brain injury. Survivors and their families across the Lone Star State desperately need information, resources and support, according to Connors.

BIAA has undertaken a search for a veteran association professional to head up the new division. The appointment will be announced when the Dallas-based office is opened in August.

Contact: Lissa Hurwitz, Director of Communications
(703) 584-8628

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