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BIAA Urges CDC to Prioritize Tier 1 Research for TBI

21-Oct-2015 The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has asked the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to clarify its intent to continue to recognize and support Tier 1 TBI research priorities over the next five years.

In a letter to Injury Center Director Debra Houry, M.D., M.P.H., BIAA president and CEO Susan H. Connors expressed concern at the Injury Center’s apparent shift away from research on secondary and tertiary prevention of traumatic brain injury (TBI), as reflected in the Injury Center’s Research Priorities (Executive Summary) for the next 3-5 years.

In the letter, Connors noted that Tier 1 priorities, identified in the CDC Injury Research Agenda 2009-2018, reflect, “the most immediate TBI-related research needs and those that should be supported first as resources become available.”

These include:
  • Improving identification, assessment, and management of TBI;
  • Developing and applying methods for calculating population-based estimates of the incidence, costs, and long-term consequences of TBI;
  • Identifying methods and strategies to ensure that persons with TBI receive needed services; and
  • Developing and evaluating interventions for reducing TBI-related disability.
“TBI is among the most disabling conditions,” said Connors in her letter. “Unlike conditions such as heart disease and stroke, TBI has only recently become a focus of research aimed at improving clinical care and rehabilitation. Consequently, research to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to reduce disability from TBI is lacking and greater investment is needed.”

In closing, Connors urged the Injury Center to embrace its full mission to translate science into effective programs and policies that not only prevent unintentional and violence-related injuries, but also minimize the consequences of injuries when they occur.

To read the complete text of the letter, click here.

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