US Department of Defense
Advancing Blast Injury Research to Protect and Heal Those Who Serve

Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Department of Defense (DoD) is on the forefront of our understanding of traumatic brain injury and the Blast Injury Research Coordinating Office (BIRCO) plays a key role through research, education, and policy. We are pleased to share the activities of Brain Injury Awareness Month to continue to fulfill the Executive Agent responsibilities to make brain trauma-related research issues the premiere focus, facilitate collaboration, and promote information sharing. In keeping with these responsibilities, the Brain Health Research Program will highlight special events occurring throughout the month of March as well as draw attention to TBI-related research efforts that the government and non-profit organizations that are working on to increase awareness, provide educational material, and advance research and treatment opportunities for patients suffering the consequences of TBI. Please take the time to check out the information and learn ways to get involved. #BIAMonth

COL Sidney Hinds
DoD Brain Health Research Program Coordinator
DoD Blast Injury Research Coordinating Office

Advancing Blast Injury Research to Protect and Heal Those Who Serve

Identifying and treating TBI is a critical priority for DoD leadership. All deployed service members involved in a potentially concussive event must receive treatment as outlined in the Department of Defense Instruction 6490.11: "DoD Policy Guidance for the Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion in the Deployed Setting," which was updated in 2018.

2020 Brain Injury Awareness Month Calendar

Due to the coronavirus, several in-person Brain Injury Awareness month events are being cancelled or postponed. Please check the sponsoring organization's page for final details of an event before making plans to attend.

March 1

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) kicks off 2020 Brain Injury Awareness Month: "TBI: Me, You & Us"
Brain Injury Awareness Month
National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) kicks-off Brain Injury Awareness Month with a series of events. Click here for the complete NICOE Event Calendar.
NICOE Events

March 3

March 3rd is World Hearing Day. Hearing loss often happens in conjunction with other invisible injuries, such as traumatic brain injury. Hearing loss is often associated with TBI, either because the traumatic injury damages the inner ear, or because there is damage to the part of the brain that processes sound.
World Hearing Day

March 4

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) announces that the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force is sponsoring Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill March 4, 2020. As in years past, there will be an awareness fair, congressional briefing, and reception.

March 5-6

National Capital Area TBI Research Symposium 2020 hosted by the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine. This year's theme is "2020: A Vision for the Future of TBI Research."

March 10

NICoE Research Opportunities for Patients held at the NICoE Auditorium. Click here for the complete NICOE Event Calendar.

March 13

7th Annual NMCSD TBI Symposium at Naval Medical Center, San Diego (NMCSD).

March 18-20

National Museum of Health and Medicine's 21st annual #BrainAwarenessWeek (March 18-20) aims to inspire and educate young scientists of the future. Follow @medicalmuseum for a sneak peek during #BAW2020 activities and visit in-person during the #BrainAwarenessDay open house (March 21).

March 21

Brain Awareness Day is on March 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the @MedicalMuseum. This free, open house event is a great opportunity to explore neuroscience with the whole family! #BrainWeek #BAW2020 #BrainAwarenessDay

March 23

2020 West Coast Warfighter Leadership Brain Health TBI Symposium. Read more.
Mace2 Lunch & Learn training at the NICoE auditorium. Click here for the complete NICOE Event Calendar.

March 24

Got Data? 10 Years of TBI Data Across the MHS Lunch & Learn training at the NICoE auditorium. Click here for the complete NICOE Event Calendar.

March 26

3rd Annual TBI Resource Fair at Camp Lejeune, NC.

March 30

TBI and PTSD: Optimizing Treatment Lunch & Learn training at the NICoE auditorium Click here for the complete NICOE Event Calendar.
Last modified: 13-Mar-2020