Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
February 5, 2020

In this issue:

2020 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury
The 2020 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury will be held on April 16 and 17 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Katy O'Brien, PhD, CCC-SLP and Emily Nalder, PhD, OT Reg (Ontario), will be presenting our keynote presentations on Thursday and Friday mornings. Plenary presentations from Ray Widstrand and Joe Oppold will be held in the afternoons. There will also be 24 breakout sessions, vendor/sponsor booths and plenty of networking and learning opportunities.

Click here for full information on the 2020 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury
Click here to register today!

We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury!

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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:
Caregiving: February 27
Introduction to Brain Injury: March 26
Adjustment to Brain Injury: April 23

Registration is required for all classes. Brain Injury Basics takes place in the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offices in Roseville from 5:30 to 7 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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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
We always encourage education, advocacy, and support surrounding brain injury but March is a specific time we take to raise awareness about brain injury in our local communities. We would like to encourage you to think of how you could spread brain injury awareness in your life and work.

If you are part of an organization or community group that is interested in participating Brain Injury Awareness month please contact Katrina Meyer for ideas and options.

Email Katrina Meyer or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

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Unmasking Brain Injury
During the month of March we will be hosting Unmasking Brain Injury events to raise awareness of brain injury in the community. Staff will be on-hand with mask making materials. Make your own mask and share your personal story about life with brain injury. Everyone is welcome to participate whether you are a brain injury or stroke survivor, caregiver, professional, family member or friend.

  • Tuesday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hennepin Healthcare (730 South 8th Street, Minneapolis) in the Red Building, 2nd floor skyway, public seating area
  • Monday, March 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Brooklyn Park (location TBD)

Additional Unmasking events will be posted once details are confirmed.

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AD - Research Study for Individuals with Stroke
The Brain Body Mind Lab (Divisions of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Minnesota) is actively recruiting 100 adult participants who have had a stroke resulting in having problems with moving the arm and hand.

We are analyzing a new evaluation scale that measures quality of arm and hand movements and the person's awareness of those movements.

More information can be found here.

This is a ONE-TIME visit to the University of Minnesota, which includes a screening and clinical testing in the Brain Body Mind lab, and takes about one hour.

You will be asked to do the following:
• Consent to participate in the study
• Review your demographic information and medication history
• Complete study required clinical assessments and surveys

People with stroke must:
• between 18-80 years of age
• be able to hear and comprehend the instructions given in the study
• have no other injuries or illnesses unrelated to stroke
• have problems with moving the arm or hand

Dr. Ann Van de Winckel, PhD, MSPT, PT
avandewi@umn.edu (preferred) or call 612-625-1191.

I am looking forward to talking with you!

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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 8,500 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."

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