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Neurotrauma Monthly Virtual Conference

Brain Tsunamis in the Neuro ICU

My research focuses on testing new treatments of neurological problems and understanding the fundamental ways that brain injury and healing occur after severe injuries. I have several NIH funded studies and collaborate closely with the UNM Center for Brain Recovery and Repair trying to understand and treat massive waves of brain injury (sometimes called “brain Tsunamis”) that can occur after strokes and brain injuries. By working with neuroscientists, neurologists, and psychiatrists I believe that we can start to address some of the biggest and most complex problems together.

Dr. David Newell

Dr. Andrew P Carlson,

MD, MS-CR, FAANS, FAHA Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurosciences, and Neurology University of New Mexico School of Medicine Albuquerque, NM

Date: August 15 at 3:30 PM (CST).  

Location: VHA TRAIN

Access Links: Non-VA employees click here. VA employees click here



Audience: Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, psychologists, physical therapists and researchers or others interested in neurotrauma.

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Modality: Virtual conference (webinar)     

Credit/hours: 1.5

General Program Description: The purpose of this virtual, knowledge-based training is to address brain injury and amplify ideas supporting the complex heterogeneity of neurotrauma and those it affects.


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Fundraiser & Golf Tournament

The J. Aron Allen Legacy Foundation held their 3rd Annual Golf Tournament and Fundraiser on Monday July 18th, 2022 at Mendakota Country Club! Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Foundation has continued to research and thoughtfully investigate the best way to invest in and further Aron’s Legacy. Our exploration led us to see that supporting research directed at the detection, treatment and prevention of brain injuries would be a very impactful way to invest the Foundation proceeds. We also continue to recognize the need for support for education and advocacy directed at brain injury prevention, and the mental health challenges people with brain injuries face.

More information here.


What Does Our Lab Do?

The primary mission of our research laboratory is to prevent, classify and treat neurotrauma. We hope to achieve this by developing and using objective measures for brain injury. These objective measures thus far have included imaging (CT and MRI), serum markers and eye tracking, but we are open to consideration of all possible measures. We believe that brain injury and its chronic effects are complicated and the more accurately we can characterize the problem, the more likely we will be able to treat it.

With regards to spinal cord injury we are focused on (1) describing the demographics of injury so we can better understand how to treat it (2) collaborating with David Darrow on the E-STAND trial to improve/restore spinal cord function in patients with chronic spinal cord injury.

How to Participate

If you are interested in joining our lab, participating in a study, or just want more information, please reach out by phone or email. We are more than happy to discuss our work. Do not forget to check back here as we regularly update our website with new publications, presentations and meetings, and studies!