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BIAA Joins Centre for Neuro Skills in Celebrating National Stroke Awareness Month

May 14, 2020

Vienna, Va. – In honor of National Stroke Awareness Month, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is proud to collaborate with the Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS), a premier provider of treatment for traumatic and acquired brain injury, to increase awareness of stroke. Through this collaboration, BIAA and CNS will release co-branded videos to educate others about the signs of stroke and the risks for people of all ages.

Video installments throughout May will feature CNS experts, including Founder and CEO Dr. Mark Ashley, Medical Director Dr. Vibhay Prasad, Director of Rehabilitation Dr. Nicole Andreatta, in addition to Texas Regional Director of Clinical Services Dr. Gary Seale and Texas Regional Internal Medicine Director Dr. Omesh Singh. Presenters will cover a range of topics such as COVID-19 risk factors for brain injury, stroke myths and realities, and emotional resilience.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds. “Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in this country,” says BIAA President/CEO Susan Connors, “but it doesn’t have to be. Unlike many other types of brain injury, stroke is preventable. Through this collaboration with our partners at CNS, we want to help people recognize the signs of stroke so their loved ones can receive treatment sooner and avoid serious complications.”

For 40 years, CNS has been recognized as an experienced and respected world leader in providing intensive, post-acute, community-based brain injury rehabilitation. With six facilities across California and Texas, CNS’ specially trained staff offer outcome-driven medical treatment, therapeutic rehabilitation, and disease management services for individuals recovering from acquired and traumatic brain injury.

“Though strokes are decreasing in the older adult population, strokes in young adults are on the rise,” says Dr. Brent Masel, BIAA medical director and CNS executive vice president for medical affairs. “The prevalence of three or more risk factors such as hypertension, elevated cholesterol, tobacco use, and obesity has nearly doubled in young adults when compared to older populations. And by joining forces with BIAA, CNS can raise awareness of these risk factors with a national audience,” Dr. Masel noted.

To learn more about stroke and other brain injuries, visit BIAA’s website. To learn more about stroke treatment, please visit CNS’ website.


About the Brain Injury Association of America:

The Brain Injury Association of America is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. Our mission is to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury. We are dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury.

About the Centre for Neuro Skills:

Centre for Neuro Skills is recognized as an experienced and respected world leader in providing intensive rehabilitation and medical programs for individuals recovering from all types of brain injury. CNS effectively covers a full spectrum of advanced care from residential and assisted living to outpatient/day treatment. Founded by Dr. Mark Ashley in 1980, CNS has locations throughout Texas and California. For more information about the Center for Neuro Skills, visit their website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Pinterest.

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