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.
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.
The NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative is a Cambridge based UK wide centre of expertise in brain injury that builds the teams of patients, carers, inventors, industry and clinical researchers to develop and translate solutions into useful technologies.
The aims of the Brain Injury 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