Traumatic Brain Injury Regeneration Project

Resource website for TBI survivors, family, friends, practitioners...

est. 2011

Currently under construction.

GOALS: provide education, NEWS on research and therapy updates, provide a TBI blog. Post links to educational sites for understanding and hope concerning Traumatic Brain Injury.

Established TBI Alcoholism, TBI Addiction chat on about.com. See www.stepchat.com/other for Friday schedule.

Stem Cell Regenerative Biology is a dynamic field of science that is progressing and providing hope for TBI patients, stroke victims,Parkinson's Disease sufferers, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease patients as well as other patients whose organs, soft tissue and cardiac tissue in the human body need repair, regeneration. Recently, Mr. Sanford of the eponymous Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute has contributed $100,000,000 for stem cell research.

We will be giving updates on the state of the art.

Recommended reading:

Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are
http://www.amazon.com/Connectome-How-Brains-Wiring-Makes/dp/0547678592
by Sebastian Seung
 
The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life by Robert Becker

 Mindstorms: Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

by John W. Cassidy


 Head injury (The Facts)    by Audrey Daisley



 Successfully Surviving a Brain Injury: A Family Guidebook, From the Emergency Room to Selecting a Rehabilitation Facility

by Garry Prowe



Brain Injury Medicine: Principles and Practice

by Nathan Zasler MD FAAPM&R FAADEP DAAPM



Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind

by V.S. Ramachandran


Here are some important links for TBI Veterans:

Coastline Community College's Online ABI Boot Camp, it's easy to enroll! Michelle Wild is a fine advocate and teacher!

http://www.coastline.edu/students/students-with-disabilities/acquired-brain-injury/#anchor

Here is TBI Regeneration Project's LinkedIn site and check out the 800+ doctors, nurses, therapists and other allied healthcare professionals who are TBI advocates.
Many veteran professionals are LinkedIn. We are hoping to connect many of these TBI professionals to TBI survivors through a telehealth network very soon.

http://www.linkedin.com/contacts/?filter=recent&trk=nav_responsive_tab_network#?filter=recent&trk=nav_responsive_tab_network

TBI Regeneration Project seeks to financially help
low income TBI survivors receive therapies, computers, assistive equipment. We are endeavoring to establish a telehealth network for professionals and patients. While in negotiations with Vidyo, we are looking for a software engineer to write a specialized application. Vidyo can provide multiscreen access, the present and future is mobile iphones, phablets as well as pc's.

TBI Regeneration Project will be affiliating with useful advertisers  you use everyday who donate to us through your shopping their link on our page.
  
Amazon shopping on www.tbiregenerationproject.com   will support TBI Regeneration Project! Coming soon.

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Welcome to the TBI Regeneration Project


NEWS: 

Telemedicine: Currently we are in negotiations with Chiron for billing/coding for LinkedIn practitioners.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/health/2015/11/15/delaware-doctors-no-insurance-models/74686516/

Exciting news about ultrasound amyloid plaque removal from Australia!

http://www.sciencealert.com/new-alzheimer-s-treatment-fully-restores-memory-function

Binge drinking and the brain discovery by NIH Funded scientists:

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/mar2015/niaaa-10.htm

SottoPelle therapy.

Watch Chicago Bear Super Bowl winner quarterback Jim McMahon talk about the benefits of SottoPelle bioidentic therapy which holds great promise for TBI healing, even years after injury.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8jN2tYnQJo&list=PL8GHOJ5v5-47nUMvJVOEzPPUZPcNBv1C7

Neuron: 

Now, researchers in Germany’s Heidelberg University have discovered a new type of neuron in the pyramidal cells of the hippocampus in brains of mice. In these new cells, the axon originates directly from a dendrite, bypassing the cell body. This structure allows for, what appears to be, an improved transmission of information when compared to a regular neuron.

http://www.cell.com/neuron/abstract/S0896-6273%2814%2900688-6


Education and Cognitive Reserve:

http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/sergievsky/pdfs/sdarticle-1.pdf
                                                                                                 Top Ten things to know about Stem Cell Treatments:

http://www.closerlookatstemcells.org/Top_10_Stem_Cell_Treatment_Facts.html

To date, there are 4,670 stem cell clinical trials being conducted according to clinicaltrials.gov

http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=stem+cells&Search=Search

Dr. Lawrence S.B. Goldstein, University of California San Diego Stem Cell Initiative TED video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tplx_ftKdYc

Stem Cell news update:

Stem Cell therapy for brain tumors...





Stem cells that release cancer-killing toxins offer new brain tumor treatment 27OCT2014


http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/284459.php

Welcome to the 21st Century:

http://s.telegraph.co.uk/graphics/projects/the-future-is-android/index.html

"TrueNorth comes packed with 4,096 processor cores, and it mimics one million human neurons and 256 million synapses."

In this age of transhumanism, this IBM microprocessor has economic implications ('bot economy) as well as human/machine interface potential.

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/ibm-unveils-a-brain-like-chip-with-4000-processor-cores/


"Gluten sensitivity- increases the production of inflammatory cytokines (which cross the blood-brain barrier) and these cytokines are pivotal players in neurodegenerative conditions."
- Dr. David Perlmutter, MD

How can brain plasticity occur when the body's autoimmune system is producing cytokines to cope with sugar? Is LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins) and cholesterol good for the brain, the body's fattest organ?

Dr. Perlmutters' REVOLUTIONARY book "Grain Brain" is a must read IMHO for TBI patients and care providers wishing to stimulate brain healing, naturally. 

http://www.drperlmutter.com/

Veterans:

Home Telehealth is provided by the V.A.! Here is the website:

http://www.telehealth.va.gov/ccht/

TBI survivors who have polytrauma:

http://www.polytrauma.va.gov/

Read about current V.A. research in TBI treatment:

http://www.research.va.gov/research_topics/tbi.cfm#.UojF2eKZTSg



If you know any Traumatic Brain Injury survivor with a Drug problem, we have started a TBI Addiction chat at Step.com. The meeting starts at 8 p.m. PST Friday nights. Here is the information: Step.com Chat Meeting Schedule: http://stepchat.com/other.htm

If you know any Traumatic Brain Injury survivor with an Alcoholism problem, we have started a TBI Alcoholism chat at Step.com. The meeting starts at 9 p.m. PST Friday nights. Here is the information: Step.com Chat Meeting Schedule: http://stepchat.com/other.htm



Honor our active duty military in Afghanistan NOW by helping them with TBI prevention safety; OPERATION HELMET

http://www.operation-helmet.org/index.html



TBI Regeneration Project now has a need for fundraising. TBI Regeneration Project is operating as a 501 (c)(3). More later.

 We also need a software designer for this specialized application and this sub-project will cost at least $15,000.

 Soon we will have the PayPal donation button active that will deposit directly into San Diego County Credit Unions TBI Regeneration Project account. Proceeds will be used to establish flagship clinic near La Jolla, CA Veterans Hospital, lease or purchase therapeutic equipment, i.e. stem cell therapy, HBOT, computer system, assist TBI survivors pay for treatment,  education, upgrade computer equipment for TBI Regeneration Project office, pay staff. Our staff payment policy will provide median Fair Market Value along with adjustments as we grow for demographic cost of living allowance. We also will have a Bitcoin wallet donation button dedicated to TBI Regeneration Project.

 Please consider making a contribution to help TBI survivor veterans and civilians connect to physicians, nurses and allied health practitioners who can make diagnostic, (yes radiology, and health records will be available to them) referrals, and prescription decisions using telehealth technology, remotely, worldwide. We live in an exciting time! 





TBI Regeneration Project is proud announce a first of it's kind Traumatic Brain Injury Chat for Addicts at 8 p.m. PST (Room 5) and a Traumatic Brain Injury Chat for Alcoholics at 9 p.m. PST (Room 5). Please advise interested TBI survivors, veterans and civilian about this groundbreaking event effective 15NOV2013! See StepChat.com Friday schedule, sign up and chat!

http://stepchat.com/friday.htm



Today I saw on the news (San Diego) that Mr. Sanford donated $100,000,000 to the UCSD Sanford/Burnham institute for stem cell research! Since today's technology with stem cells has it narrowed down to extracting stem cells from skin cells, this announcement provides great hope for the TBI community as well as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Stroke, M.S., etc., etc.!

Cal State University, San Francisco has made progress with TBI regeneration:

http://hscweb3.hsc.usf.edu/blog/2013/10/02/stem-cells-help-repair-traumatic-brain-injury-by-building-a-biobridge-usf-researchers-report/

"There is evidence that the use of adult (non-embryonic) stem cells can produce healing in TBI. Dr. David Steenblock, in fact, has documented impressive clinical improvements in Traumatic Brain Injury patients treated using their own bone marrow at his clinic in Mission Viejo, California. Not surprisingly, researchers at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School found the potential of using a TBI patient’s own bone marrow derived stem cells to treat their condition compelling enough to warrant doing a formal clinical study; they are working on this with Memorial Hermann Children’s hospital (also in Houston)."

http://www.stemcellmd.org/conditions-treated/neurological-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/




"After the success of the acute therapy, Chopp and coworkers subsequently reported that MSC therapy 1 week after TBI also led to long-term functional recovery (3 months after treatment) and that the cells remained in the brain at 3 months.38 They have also shown incremental functional improvement over isolated cell therapy by combining MSCs (Mesenchymal Stem Cells) with atorvastatin39 or by using a collagen scaffold to aid in cell delivery.30

Human MSCs administered intravenously 24 hours after TBI were also shown to migrate to the injured brain, express neural phenotypes, and improve functional outcome.36 These human MSCs were subsequently found to remain in the traumatically injured brain for 3 months, affecting long-term functional outcome."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3721356/

Cognitive Science:

"People with a brain injury often have cognitive (thinking) and communication problems that significantly impair their ability to live independently. These problems vary depending on how widespread brain damage is and the location of the injury.

Brain injury survivors may have trouble finding the words they need to express an idea or explain themselves through speaking and/or writing. It may be an effort for them to understand both written and spoken messages, as if they were trying to comprehend a foreign language. They may have difficulty with spelling, writing, and reading, as well."

http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/TBI.htm

VETERANS:

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center:

http://www.dvbic.org/

Here is an important link for TBI veterans; Resource for related symptoms, vet TBI stories and more...

http://maketheconnection.net/conditions/traumatic-brain-injury?utm_source=adcenter&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=what%20is%20tbi&utm_content=general&utm_campaign=tbi

Right now we are in the process of establishing about.com TBI Alcoholism chat and TBI NA chat.
 Science has proven that TBI AA's and NA's benefit from specialized meetings among peers in the recovery process.
 Since many TBI survivors are "shut-ins" or isolated, having a dedicated meeting for TBI survivors with substance abuse problems ONLINE would be beneficial!
 We will start small, Friday meetings at first, (Fridays being a common denominator) then as volunteers start meetings for each day of the week, you see where this can go.
 Hopefully, eventually, a 24/7 365 chat room can be established for the weird hours many TBI survivors live.
 For the time being, check out regular AA/NA and other online chat meetings on about.com, led by Buddy T.

 http://alcoholism.about.com/mpchat.htm

MORE NEWS:

Read the exciting news from Harvard's Department of Stem Cell Regenerative Biology (SCRB)  03/25/2013:

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/01/new-avenue-in-neurobiology/


A conservative warning about the state-of-the-art of Stem Cell Therapy from WebMD:

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/stem-cell-treatments-false-hope-warning-signs


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy:

Perhaps the future treatment of TBI will be a combination of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), Stem Cell Regeneration and Cognitive Science!

Here is one HBOT clinic in New Orleans:

http://www.hbot.com/facilities

USEFUL LINKS:

Here is a link resource from the
 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke:

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/detail_tbi.htm

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