Workshop "Towards an International Initiative for Traumatic Brain Injury Research"
19-20 October 2011, Brussels, Belgium
The European Commission and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) held an invitational workshop on October 18 - 20, 2011 in Brussels to explore if there was the necessary momentum, interest and critical mass to set up an international initiative for traumatic brain injury (TBI) research.
The Brussels workshop built on the work of two previous symposia (Las Vegas and Washington) and brought together some 60 policy makers, scientists, clinicians, and patient and industry representatives from the EU, USA, Canada, China and Australia.
As a result of this meeting, the International Initiative for Traumatic Brain Injury Research (InTBIR) was set up. Funding agencies committing to InTBIR included the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA), the European Commission, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the Center for Information Technology (CIT) of the NIH, and the US Department of Defence (DoD).
Other agencies and organisations expressed interest in InTBIR activities but were not ready for a formal commitment.
This workshop was also an opportunity to define the scientific priorities of the newborn Initiative. The participants recommended that InTBIR initially focus on collecting, standardizing and sharing clinical TBI data for comparative effectiveness research, as well as best clinical practices, which will ultimately result in better management and treatments for TBI.
The workshop report will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Neurotrauma as open access paper. It will be posted here as soon as available.