The Brain Health Research Program Coordinator and well known US Army neurologist, COL Sidney Hinds II, represented the DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office (PCO) at the annual Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill on March 22, 2017. (Read more here and here)
The event, held within the Rayburn Building, was sponsored by Congressmen Bill Pascrell (NJ) and Thomas Rooney (FL) and supported by numerous public and private organizations. The day's event included the Brain Injury Awareness Fair, the panel discussion, "Faces of Brain Injury: The Invisible Disability Affecting Children and Adults," and an evening reception.
Throughout the day, COL Hinds met with individuals from various organizations across the DoD, other federal agencies, industry, and non-profits. Through these discussions, COL Hinds reinforced DoD's commitment to providing the best traumatic brain injury (TBI) clinical care, education and resources for US Service Members, Veterans, and their loved ones, in a timely manner. This included a meeting with Samantha Lambert, Miss Pennsylvania 2016, who shared her experience as a TBI survivor, after suffering from a head injury as a teenager, and discussed her pageant platform, "Heads Up: Brain Injury Awareness." Read more about Miss Pennsylvania 2016, on social media here and here.
COL Hinds' participation in the day's events supports the PCO's Executive Agent responsibilities to bring awareness to brain trauma related research issues, facilitate collaboration, and promote information sharing.
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