The San Diego Brain Injury Foundation is lucky to have such a plethora of skilled and experienced medical and legal professionals to work with in our many programs. Together we provide the services vital to those on their journey to recovery from brain injury.

You can see a list of professionals that work closely with SDBIF on our Professional Advisory Council page.

Blow are videos of professionals talking about various brain injury topics

Dr. Ralph Greenspan of the Kavli Institute and CBAM
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.


Coping with Brain Injury – Medical and Scientific Advances
Speaker: Jamshid Ghajar, M.D., Ph. D., Neurosurgeon, New York
Physicians caring for patients with severe brain injury commonly think that initial trauma automatically results in tremendous disability. Dr. Ghajar believes that aggressive intervention to prevent brain swelling and oxygen starvation dramatically improves outcomes.


Coping with Brain Injury – Legal Evidence and Tactics
Speakers: David Goldin and Michael Harris, Attorneys at Law
The most difficult brain injury cases to prove in court tend to be those cases in which the injuries are characterized as “mild” and the survivor appears normal. This interesting interview centers on making the invisible injury visible so a judge and jury understand the reality and severity of the damages to the client.


Coping with Brain Injury – Rehabilitiation Trends
Speaker: Jerome Stenehjem, M.D., Medical Director, Sharp Rehabilitation Center
Cognitive and physical impairments resulting in life-long disabilities are frequent companions of brain trauma. However, new technologies offer hope. This interview focuses on effective current rehabilitation technology including assisted movement therapies and computer technologies for cognitive impairment.


Coping with Brain Injury – Mental Health Strategies
Speaker: Barbara Welsh-Osga, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Brain injury survivors often feel “fuzzy-headed” as if they are in a fog. Sometimes they think they see things clearly but the “mist’ skews perceptions. They are like city smog-dwellers who forget clear skies. This interview explores ways to help survivors develop the compass required to take the painful and joyful journey out of the mist.


Coping with Brain Injury – Brain Injury and School Success
Speakers: Kathy Olsen, other of Brain Injury Survivor; Wayne Gordon, Ph. D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Bangs to the head are part of everyday childhood and can have a big impact on school success. Many brain injured children are misclassified or simply fall through the cracks. This interview centers on assessment and explores the differences between brain injury and learning disabilities.


Coping with Brain Injury – Caregiving Strategies
Speakers: Veronika Glenn, Southern Caregivers Resource Center, San Diego; Robert deRose, Father of a Brain Injury Survivor
It’s certainly not easy to be the caregiver for someone with a serious brain injury. Depression, sense of loss and frustration are likely consequences. This dynamic and informative interview explores strategies to avoid isolation and anger, and points the way toward resources to make the job easier.


Coping with Brain Injury – Robots and Rehabilitation
Speakers: Diane Anderson, Stoke Survivor; Neville Hogan, Ph.D., Professor, Brain and Cognitive Science, MIT
There are no silver bullets after brain injury, but new robotic technologies are effective in helping stroke victims regain function in their arms and legs. This cutting edge technology doesn’t just assist by moving limbs; it fosters learning that actually rewires the brain. Robots are emerging as a promising new rehabilitation tool.

Coping with Brain Injury – Life After Brain Injury
Speakers: Patsy Sholders, Brain Injury Survivor; Bruce Baxley, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Even mild brain injury may have profound consequences, i.e., short-term memory problems and reduced capacity to “keep one’s act together”. A serious brain injury changes everything. It’s like starting a new life as a new person. Changes in personality and behavior after brain injury are explored in this compelling interview.


Brain Injury – A World We Didn’t Choose
Speaker: Cindy Pahr, M.Ed., CBIST
An introduction to how to adjust to life after a brain injury.


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