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|Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.|
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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to learn more about the affects of traumatic brain injuries and the resources available to New Jerseyans who suffer from them.
Each year, between 12,000 and 15,000 people suffer from brain injuries in New Jersey, and approximately 1,000 die as a result. Nearly 175,000 people in New Jersey are living with disabilities caused by traumatic brain injuries.
Brain injury knows no racial, ethnic or class bias, but is significantly more prevalent in the aged due to the increased incidence of falls. The leading causes of such injuries are motor vehicle accidents, falls and assaults.
"Traumatic brain injury impacts not only individuals who have suffered injuries, but also their friends and families who must confront the daily challenges of providing care for their injured loved ones," said Commissioner of Health and Senior Services Fred. M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.
With the creation of the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research (NJCBIR) in January 2004, New Jersey became the first state to allocate a continuing funding source dedicated to finding a cure for brain injuries. Recent research has shown that brain tissue can regenerate, and NJCBIR provides grants and resources to New Jersey scientists working to develop innovative treatments that show promise of repairing the inured brain and developing a cure for traumatic brain injury.
"We are hopeful that our support of new, innovative research will expedite the day when the medical breakthrough comes that will alleviate the suffering of so many people," said Commissioner Jacobs.
More information on brain injuries in New Jersey and the NJCBIR is available on the Internet at nj.gov/health/njcbir/index.shtml.
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P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360