Novi, MI, March 14 – March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. An estimated 1.5 million Americans sustain a brain injury every year. 50,000 of them die while another 90,000 suffer long-term disability. In Michigan alone 50,000 individuals suffer brain injuries annually.
That’s why March has been designated as “Brain Injury Awareness” month, a time to bring the problem to the forefront and remind people about the frequency and seriousness of these often invisible injuries.
No two brain injuries are exactly the same. They’re unpredictable, both in their frequency and in their consequences. They can be mild, moderate or severe. Center for Neurological Studies (CNS), a 501c3 not-for-profit in Novi, was launched over a decade ago to advance the scientific research of neuroimaging technology to help improve the lives of people with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and related neurobehavioral disorders.
CNS has developed unique state-of-the-art MRIs (Susceptibility Weighted Imaging and Diffusion Tensor Imaging) that are three to six times more sensitive than traditional MRI imaging and enable doctors to more precisely diagnose brain injuries and recommend a specific course of treatment.
“Our promise at CNS is ‘Innovation, Diagnosis and Hope,’ says Dr. Randall (Randy) Benson, Medical Director at CNS. “Our MRIs are innovative. They go deeper to help us better understand specific brain abnormalities and provide the kind of detail we need to be more precise in our diagnosis and analysis of the problem. This in turn gives brain injury victims more hope for their futures.”
CNS has developed unique treatment programs for military veterans who’ve sustained TBIs in combat (“Hope After Combat”) and for athletes who’ve sustained injuries in football or other activities (Human Growth Hormone Replacement Study). “We believe these are breakthrough programs that can make a real difference in the future of brain injury therapy,” says Benson.
“The more we can understand these injuries, the better we’ll be able to help the people who suffer them,” says John Russell, CNS President and CEO. “We’ve spent the past decade researching and diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injuries and other neurobehavioral disorders and believe we have an unprecedented understanding of brain function and disease. There’s definitely more to learn but we’ve become a nationally recognized leader in the field.”
The goal of Brain Injury Awareness month is to destigmatize brain injuries, empower those who have suffered these injuries, and their caretakers, and promote the types of support available.