March 18 , 2008

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Media Advisory: Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair Marks Brain Injury Awareness Month at Philadelphia Flyers Game

Photo and Interview Opportunities With the Flyers

PHILADELPHIA - To mark Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Departmentof Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is hosting a benefit night at the Flyers game on Tuesday, March 18th. The event will promote awareness and raise funds to support research at the Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair.

  • Brain injury is suffered by someone in America, usually a young person, every 15 seconds.
  • Each year, approximately 100,000 people die from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and 500,000 more are permanently disabled.
  • 80,000 people experience the onset of long-term disability following a severe brain injury annually.
  • Approximately 5.3 million Americans - more than 2% of the US population - are living with a disability that results from brain injury.
  • The cost of treating, rehabilitating and caring for the victims of traumatic brain injury costs the U.S. approximately $30 billion each year.


Wachovia Center, Hall of Fame Room



Tuesday, March 18th after the game

Photo and interview opportunities with Flyer Joffrey Lupul after the game


The Center for Brain Injury and Repair is the longest standing center for head injury in the U.S. For more than 30 years, scientists and clinicians have collaborated to study the causes, effects and management of traumatic brain injury, both in the laboratory and in the clinic.



PENN Medicine is a $3.5 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals — its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center — a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

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