Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
December 16, 2015

In this issue:

An Evening with Bennet Omalu
Dr. Bennet Omalu, subject of the upcoming motion picture Concussion starring Will Smith, will serve as the next Inspiring Minds Speaker for Beth El Synagogue in Saint Louis Park. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is proud to be Beth El's community partner for this installation.

Dr. Omalu was the first doctor to identify and name Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) as a major factor in the deaths of many professional athletes. He also identified a link between CTE and PTSD in veterans. Dr. Omalu will discuss his findings, his philosophies and his life growing up as a Nigerian refugee before attending medical school the age of 15 and becoming a physician at 21.

Join us for an evening with a truly remarkable man.

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Beth El Synagogue
5225 Barry Street West
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

For more information or tickets, visit www.besyn.org/concussion.
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2015 Town Hall Forums a Huge Success
Thanks to all who participated in the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and Minnesota Stroke Association Town Hall Forums this fall. Twenty-six legislators heard 77 stories shared during testimony at six town hall forums in Coon Rapids, Burnsville, Rochester, Saint Paul, Saint Cloud and Minneapolis. We want to thank the 21 local support groups and organizations who partnered with us and helped make these events so successful.

Please join us for our next Citizen Advocate Academy as we prepare for the 2016 legislative session. On Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., we have reserved a legislative hearing room in the State Office Building next to the State Capitol where we will hold a mock hearing, discuss 2016 legislative strategy and take a tour of the new Senate Office Building. Lunch is provided to those who register.

To register for this training contact Erica at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 or email ericas@braininjurymn.org.

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Shopping for Someone Who Has Everything?
Consider making a gift in their honor to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance instead. For every dollar you give, you raise awareness about falls prevention, proper helmet use, shaken baby syndrome, brain injury and homelessness, sports concussions, and numerous other issues related to brain injury. Whatever your reason for giving and however you give, know that you make people's lives better! To make your gift, go to www.braininjurymn.org/donate/.

If you have already donated, we cannot thank you enough. Because of your generosity and the programs you support, the more than 100,000 Minnesotans who live with a disability due to brain injury can look forward to a world filled with knowledgeable professionals and extraordinary service.

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Brain Injury Educational Classes
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offers a variety of educational classes - including our monthly Brain Injury Basics class - for families, individuals and professionals in the Twin Cities. Our educators can also train your staff on-site at your facility with our Traveling Workshops.

Brain Injury Basics
Introduction to Brain Injury: December 17
Adjustment to Brain Injury: January 28, 2016

Registration is required for all classes. Brain Injury Basics takes place in the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offices in Roseville from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for professionals; a $5 donation is appreciated from consumers.

Click here for more information on our Education opportunities or call our Education and Community Outreach Department at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

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Classified Ad - University of Minnesota Research Study
Katy O'Brien, MA CCC-SLP, a PhD student at the University of Minnesota, is recruiting people with moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries for a study examining how we remember to do things in the future compared to how we remember things that have already happened. The purpose of the study is to compare how people with and without traumatic brain injuries think about their memory. This includes one approximately 3 to 4 hour session playing a computer game and completing standardized testing.

Participants will be compensated $30 for their time. If you are interested in learning more about this program and to find out if you could participate, contact the NeuroCognitive Communication Lab at neurocogcom@gmail.com or call 612-276-2250.

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Classified Ad Opportunities
We are pleased to provide an online opportunity for organizations to broadcast their message about job openings, services and more through affordable, convenient advertising. This bi-weekly electronic publication is sent to more than 6,250 professionals, paraprofessionals and persons with brain injury and their families.

The cost to run a classified ad of up to 250 words is $20 for one edition or $30 for two editions. Ads must be submitted in electronic form to receive this rate. Ads submitted in hard copy will be charged an additional $15 administrative fee. To learn more about this affordable, convenient advertising opportunity, please e-mail Phil at philg@braininjurymn.org or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442. Advertising is posted at the end of the publication under the heading "Classified Ads."

The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is a proud member of Community Health Charities. Community Health Charities is an alliance of leading nonprofit health research and service organizations whose mission is to improve lives affected by chronic illness by investing in health research, services and education.
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