Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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02/23/2018
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“That’s something that’s so hard with P.T.S.D. You don’t see it. It’s a brain injury. I always had to know where my exits are. My husband always has to remind me, during hunting season, ‘You’re going to be hearing guns'."
Last week, after seventeen people were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Missy Dodds received several text messages from her former students—simple messages, expressing love and support on a difficult day. Dodds, who is forty-three, survived a school shooting in her classroom, in 2005. At the time, she was a teacher at Red Lake Senior High School, on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, in northern Minnesota.

“I taught mostly ninth-grade math, and I loved every second of it,” Dodds said earlier this week. She grew up in Arkansas, in a family of teachers; after earning her math degree, she started teaching in southeastern Arkansas, before moving to Minnesota, where she immediately took to her new neighbors. “I felt like I was back home,” she said. She was in her third year at Red Lake when one of her former students, a sixteen-year-old boy named Jeff Weise, shot and killed his grandfather and his grandfather’s girlfriend, at their home. He then drove to the school with two pistols and a shotgun and a bulletproof vest that he took from his grandfather, a tribal police officer. At the school, he killed five students, a teacher, and a security guard. After briefly exchanging gunfire with police, he killed himself.

Earlier this week, Dodds spoke about the shooting and its aftermath, and her eventual decision to leave teaching.


For more on this harrowing remembrance, CLICK HERE.
Notice of Brief BIAMD Business Meeting to Update BIAMD's Corporate Charter and Bylaws



March 15, 2018
BIAMD Annual Conference
Greenspring Ballroom
Timonium, MD
1:30 pm

To Review the Documents which will be discussed and voted on CLICK HERE .


Cracking the German Enigma code is considered to be one of the decisive factors that hastened Allied victory in World War II. Now researchers have used similar techniques to crack some of
the brain’s mysterious code.
By statistically analyzing clues intercepted through espionage, computer science pioneers in the 1940s were able to work out the rules of the Enigma code, turning a string of gibberish characters into plain language to expose German war communications. And today, a team that included  computational neuroscientist Eva Dyer , who recently joined the Georgia Institute of Technology, used cryptographic techniques inspired by Enigma’s decrypting to predict, from brain data alone, which direction subjects will move their arms.
The work by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Georgia Tech, and Northwestern University could eventually help decode the neural activity underpinning more complex muscle movements and become useful in prosthetics, or even speech, to aid patients with paralysis.

During the war, the  team that cracked Enigma, led by Alan Turing , considered the forebear of modern computer science, analyzed the statistical prevalence of certain letters of the alphabet to understand how they were distributed in messages like points on a map. That allowed the code breakers to eventually decipher whole words reliably.

In a similar manner, the neurological research team has now mapped the statistical distribution of more prevalent and less prevalent activities in populations of motor neurons to arrive at the specific hand movements driven by that neural activity.


One in three people with epilepsy are not helped by today’s medicines. Researchers in Oslo are pursuing new drugs that might change that.
Thirty different medications are currently used to treat epilepsy. They may help prevent seizures or decrease the number of attacks. In many people, the drugs may control or inhibit seizures, or the seizures may simply go away. But for fully one-third of patients with epilepsy, these drugs don’t work at all.
"The name anti-epileptic medicine suggests that the drugs actually prevent epilepsy, but there is no single medicine on the market that stops the disease itself. If we discover the mechanisms that drive the process, that could actually lead to the world's first real-world anti-epileptic," said Professor Erik Taubøll, Head of the Epilepsy Research Group at the Oslo University Hospital.

Epilepsy results from a disturbance in the electrical signals from the neurons in the brain. In addition to nerve cells, the brain also contains large number of cells called glial cells. It was once thought that glial cells mainly played a support role, but in recent years it has become clear that they have a number of different functions in the brain. 

"There has been a lot of focus on the synapses, which form the contact between brain cells. But researchers have overlooked glial cells," says Kjell Heuser, a physician and researcher at the University of Oslo.

Heuser has studied these cells in connection with epilepsy, and believes there is evidence to suggest that they may play an important part in the development of the disease.
“In people with epilepsy you see changes and increases in the number of glial cells,” he said.

For More on this Promising Research : CLICK HERE
We Still need Your Help. The Ways and Means Committee will Hear the Bill on March 9th.

Would you be willing to Contact Committee Members and Voice Your Support?

Click on the Names,
Find their Office Phone Numbers,
Call and ask them to support
HB 1530 and HB 1533.

Anne R. Kaiser , Chair (410) 841-3036, (301) 858-3036
Frank S. Turner , Vice-Chair (410) 841-3246, (301) 858-3246
Sheila E. Hixson , Chair Emeritus

HB 1530 - Education - Student Health Screenings - Brain Injury


For Language of the Bill:


HB 1533 - Students With a Disability - Brain Injury Screening - Evaluation for Individualized Education Program

For Language of the Bill:
Or simply contact your elected officials in Annapolis and ask that they support these two bills.

Don't know how to contact them?
2) What We're Reading We Think You Might Enjoy
What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street. 

    What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 

12 Rules for Life  shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers .

For The Book, 

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.”

Social Worker -
RETURN! Brain Injury
Community Re-entry Program
This unique position in brain injury rehabilitation provides clinical and case management services for the RETURN! Community Reentry Program at Sinai Rehabilitation Center. Facilitates appropriate admissions into the program, provides psychosocial support to clients and families and links program clients to vital and timely resources. Assists with departmental operations and improvement projects. This position presents an exciting chance to be part of an established, well-regarded rehabilitation program.
Thank you for your support.
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