March 20, 2012

UW Professor of Anesthesiology Gives Keynote Address to Indian Society of Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care on Traumatic Brain Injury


Monica S. Vavilala, MD (Harborview, UW) gave the keynote presentation on translational research in traumatic brain injury at the Indian Society of Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care Conference in Bhopal, India on February 10, 2012. Globally, traumatic brain injury is a major public health problem and the numbers of patients with traumatic brain injury are rising in the developing world.

Dr. Vavilala gave two interviews to local Hindi newspapers and via television highlighting the importance of injury prevention efforts and injury research to patient outcomes, specifically in the area of traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Vavilala gave specific suggestions to parents on symptom recognition and also cited the need for rehabilitation services after discharge from the hospital.  Dr. Vavilala said that head injuries that occur in children while playing at home should not be neglected as these injuries can cause long term disability as they get older.  

Dr. Vavilala is the lead Principal Investigator for the CHIRAG (Improving Indo-US Traumatic Brain Injury Outcomes – Collaborative Head Injury and Adherence to Guidelines) Study, funded by the US State Department & Department of Biotechnology in India and the National Institutes of Health. UW Co-investigators are Charles Mock (Surgery), Frederick Rivara (Pediatrics), Deepak Sharma (Anesthesiology), Jay Hecker (Anesthesiology) and Kalpana Kanal (Radiology). CHIRAG is a collaboration between UW Medicine’s Harborview Injury prevention and Research Center and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences’ Jay Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center in New Delhi, India.

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