Brain injury including traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects people of all ages leading to great suffering to victims and relatives at huge costs to the NHS and society. Families may be left without a breadwinner and marriages put under enormous strain. Many people are in prison because a childhood TBI, many of which are preventable, has left them unable to control their behaviour. Brain injury increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. One third of patients with mild TBI may suffer from lifelong disabling complaints. TBI represents a global burden of direct and indirect cost that exceeds $400 billion (0.5% of global gross product). 10% of all babies in the UK spend time in special care neonatal units but their Increased survival may be preceded by lack of oxygen supply to the brain leading to long-term neurological sequelae including learning difficulties, cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Now is the time to exploit recent advances in technologies that impact on brain injury from prevention through acute management and rehabilitation to reintegration into the community. Also to build a platform to support future innovations and train the next generation of innovators.
The wider aims of the MIC with respect to the development of new medical devices, healthcare technologies and technically dependent interventions in brain injury are to:
Provide a focus to catalyse NHS ‘pull’ into practice both nationally and internationally
Build UK capacity for developing and testing new concepts
Act as an international knowledge centre and advocate for the identification and development of new solutions