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UC Tackles Concussions
A few decades ago, when a football player got his “bell rung” with a hard hit to the head, he would shake it off, take smelling salts and return to the game. Times have changed. The University of Michigan faced outrage last year for allowing a quarterback to return to a game after a violent helmet-to-helmet hit. In March, a top National Football League rookie retired because of concerns about long-term effects of brain injuries. Concussions have even caught the attention of Hollywood, with Will Smith starring in a film that opens Dec. 25 about the life and work of the UC Davis pathologist who first discovered chronic traumatic brain injuries in professional football players.

New Research Institute Will Explore Brain’s Extraordinary Changeability
A newly established neuroscience research institute based at UC San Francisco will focus on gaining a deeper understanding of plasticity, the brain’s remarkable capacity to modify its own structure and function. To accomplish its goals, the newly established Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience (Kavli IFN), a partnership of The Kavli Foundation and UCSF, will forge new collaborations among neuroscientists, physicists, engineers, and computer scientists to devise innovative technologies for brain research.

NIH invests $85 million for BRAIN Initiative research
The National Institutes of Health announced its second wave of grants to support the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, bringing the NIH investment to $85 million in fiscal year 2015. Sixty-seven new awards, totaling more than $38 million, will go to 131 investigators working at 125 institutions in the United States and eight other countries. These awards expand NIH’s efforts to develop new tools and technologies to understand neural circuit function and capture a dynamic view of the brain in action. Projects include proposals to develop soft self-driving electrodes, ultrasound methods for measuring brain activity and the use of deep brain stimulation to treat traumatic brain injuries.

The Art of War: Engineering Protective Gear for 21st Century Soldiers
With two major grants from the U.S. Department of Defense, NJIT will help meet this challenge by investigating the effects of shock waves on the brain in order to design and test helmets that can withstand the penetrating blasts from weapons such as improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

SDBIF Monthly Meetings

The 3rd Saturday of each month, SDBIF holds a meeting at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest from 10:00 – noon.
There will be meetings every month except July and September. INSTEAD of a meeting in March, we are having the 2016 surviveHEADSTRONG – Walk for Recovery.

Click here to go to the Events Page to find the next meeting.
Download a PDF of the 2016 SDBIF Joyce Beers Meeting Schedule and Topics. (34 KB)

The San Diego Brain Injury Foundation hosts a Speaker Series at Scripps Hospital – Encinitas on select Saturdays from 10:00 – noon. There will be no North County meeting in December. Come join the Holiday Party at the Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St., San Diego, 92103 on December 17, 2016.

Click here to go to the Events Page to find the next meeting.
Download a PDF of the North County Meeting Schedule and topics. (75 KB)

Scripps Hospital – Encinitas (Conference Center)
354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

Free parking is available in the parking structure

US Department of Labor has a great website that will help people Stay at Work or Return to Work after a brain injury. Go to the website HERE.

On April 19, 2014, Dr. Ralph Greenspan, of the Kavli Institute and the Center of Brain Injury Mapping, spoke with our group about his project and the White House’s new BRAIN Initiative. Below is the video from his presentation.

Brain Injury – A World We Didn’t Choose by Cindy Pahr, M.Ed., CBIST


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All of San Diego

Telephone Help, Information, and Referrals About Brain Injuries: call the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation at 619-294-6541. Monthly meetings to make friends and hear speakers of interest to brain injury survivors, family members, friends and caregivers are offered. Meetings are held from 10:00am-12:00pm the 3rd Saturday each month at the Joyce Beers Community Center which is part of the Uptown District Shopping Center near highway 163 and University Avenue.You can also send us your questions to our Email or seek additional information on-line at

Are you assisting a relative or friend with a chronic and disabling condition? The Southern Caregiver Resource Center can help you to find the best options for you and your loved one; and the help is free. Services include: Specialized Information, Family Consultation/Case Management, Respite Care, Short-Term Counseling, Support Groups, Legal/Financial Consultation, and Education and Training. PSupport Groups for Caregivers include General Caregiver Support Groups with a special focus on Adult Child as Caregiver, and Huntington’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis Caregiver support groups. Please call 858-262-4432 or 800-827-1008 for more information.

Support and Resources in English and Spanish for Families of Children with Special Needs are provided by the Exceptional Family Resource Centers throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties. The main office is 9245 Sky Park Court #130, San Diego. Call 800-281-8252.

Caregiver Support Groups and Stroke Support Groups are conducted by Kaiser Permanente for its members in five locations. Caregiver Support Groups are held in Vista, San Diego, and Bostonia. Stroke Support Groups are held in San Marcos and Kearny Mesa. Call 619-641-4456.

Support Groups for Adults with Epilepsy are offered throughout San Diego County by the Epilepsy Society. For information call 619-296-0161.

Various programs and services for adults with all types of disabilities is offered by Access 2 Independence, 619-293-3500, 800-976-2776.

Central County

San Diego Community College District offers ABI Classes in three different continuing education programs for adults with Acquired Brain Injury, including trauma, stroke, tumors, brain infections and anoxic injuries.

• The CE-Mesa ABI Program meets Monday through Thursday afternoons at Mesa College campus . Please contact Lisa Carulli at 619-388-1952.

Plan your Career Path/Occupational Opportunities classes offered at CE at Mesa College on Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00, February 3-June 2. Call 619-388-1952.

• The ECC Program meets Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-3:30 at the Educational Cultural Complex (ECC) on Ocean View Blvd. Call John Bromma at 619-388-4812.

• The West City Campus program meets in Point Loma on Monday-Thursday mornings. Call Nicole Thomason at 619-388-1866.

Adaptive Yoga classes are offered at the CE at Mesa College on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 pm. Contact Lisa Carulli at 619-388-1952.

Cognitive Retraining classes offered at the CE at Mesa College on Wednesdays from 6:00-9:00 pm. Call 619-388-1952.

Plan your Career Path/Occupational Opportunities classes offered at Mid-City campus on Fairmount Avenue on Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30, January 28-June 3. Call 619-388-4556.

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San Diego Brain Injury Foundation General Meetings are held the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.-noon. Joyce Beers Community Center which is part of the Uptown District Shopping Center near Highway 163 and University. Call 619-294-6541.

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group meeting. Second Tuesday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m. UC San Diego Health: UC San Diego Medical Center, Camelot Building, 200 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103. For more information, please contact Julie, at or 619.543.5657

Variety of Programs and Services for Adults With Disabilities offered by Access 2 Independence, 619-293-3500.

Young Enthusiastic Stroke Survivors Group (YESS!) meets certain Tuesdays of each month at 6:00 pm at Sharp Rehabilitation Center. 2999 Health Center Drive, San Diego. Call 858-939-6762.

Brain Injury Support Group for Survivors and Families by The Head Injury & Trauma Support System (HITSS) is held in the 3rd floor conference room at UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, 200 W. Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103, every Saturday from 1-2:30pm. Call 800-986-4487.

Socialization and Therapeutic Programs for disabled individuals are sponsored by the San Diego Recreational Services for the Disabled. Call 619-525-8247.

Caregiver Support Groups are offered at the Live Well Center, 4425 Bannock Avenue, San Diego. Call 800-827-1008.

Sports, recreation and wellness/support programs, seasonal clinics and trips are offered through Sharp Rehabilitation Services. Sample offerings include an adaptive golf clinic, a gentle fitness exercise program, chair aerobics, adaptive weight training and adaptive yoga.  Call 858-939-3048 or

Sharp Players Drama Group: every Friday, 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Sharp Rehabilitation Center. Call 858-939-3156.

Adaptive Driving Program per appointment through Sharp Rehabilitation Center. Call 858-939-6942.

Challenged Women’s Support Group meets in the Sharp Rehabilitation Center. Call Jennifer Burdeaux at 858-939-3153 to confirm location or for more details.

Gray Matters Support Group – Gray Matters is designed to enhance socializing, communicating and to develop interpersonal skills. We meet on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:30 at the Del Mar Library. 1309 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA. Contact Heidi at 858-365-0465 or

North County

ABI Classes For Adults With Acquired Brain Injury are held at Palomar Community College’s Adaptive Living Skills Program (ABI) at the Escondido Center Campus. Call 760-744-1150 ext. 2375.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury and Support Groups are offered for survivors and families at Palomar Medical Center and Learning Services.  Meetings are held in the Graybill Auditorium, 555 East Valley Parkway, Escondido.  Saturdays from 9-10:30am.  Call 800-986-4487.

Stroke and Brain Injury Support and Education Group offered at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Conference Center, 354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 2:30-3:45pm. For more information, call Andrea Schwarb at 760-633-6709.

Tri-City Medical Center offers Aphasia Support Groups and Stroke Exercise classes. Call 760-940-7272.

North County San Diego Brain Injury Foundation General Meetings are held on the following Saturdays from 10am—noon at Scripps Hospital, 354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas in the Conference Center:  April 11, May 9, October 10 and November 14, 2015.

Gray Matters Support Group – Gray Matters is designed to enhance socializing, communicating and to develop interpersonal skills. We meet on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:30 at the Del Mar Library. 1309 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA. Contact Heidi at 858-365-0465 or

A Driving Rehabilitation Program is offered at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas . Comprehensive evaluations and adaptive drivers training are provided. . Call 760-633-6507 or visit

East County

The Ann Dahl Gunther Communication Group for stroke and brain injury survivors with aphasia and other speech and language difficulties meets at Grossmont Rehabilitation Center. Call 619-740-410.

A Stroke and Brain Injury Survivor Program sponsored by Grossmont Rehabilitation Services in La Mesa. Gentle Exercise Program, Adaptive Golf Clinics, Adaptive Aquatics, and a Stroke Club are among the offerings.  Call 619-740-4104.

Aquatic fitness is provided by The Salvation Army, Kroc Center, 6845 University Ave. 
Call 619-287-5762.

Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Physical Disabilities including brain injuries takes place at Peterson Gym as part of the Department of Exercise & Nutritional Sciences of San Diego State University. The Clinic operates 48 weeks per year. Call 619-594-2017.

Comebacker’s Neuro Club, a support and recreational group for survivors of stroke or brain injury and family members, meets at the San Diego Rehabilitation Institute (SDRI) at Alvarado Hospital, 6645 Alvarado Road, San Diego. Art Abilities classes are also offered.  Call Mary Williams at 619-229-7362.

Physical therapy, assisted fitness, and chair aerobics at Challenge Center, 5540 Lake Park Way, La Mesa. Call: 619-667-8644.

South County

ABI Classes for Adults with Acquired Brain Injury are offered at the Educational Cultural Complex in South San Diego. Call 619-388-6983.

Special Classes with Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities are offered at Southwestern Community College. Call 619-482-6512.

Support Group meets every Wednesday from 3:00-4:30 pm at the Glenner Memory Care Center, 280 Saylor Drive, Chula Vista. Call 619-420-1703.

Couples Group

The Couples Group meets monthly on Sundays for a potluck and get-together. When one partner in a pair suffers a brain injury, the relationship itself changes. Relationships need to recover, too!

The couples meet for fun, socializing, talking about how roles have changed, and sharing resources.

All couples are welcome. If you are interested in joining the group or would like more
information, call the SDBIF office 619-294-6541 or send your contact information to our Email.