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ABC's Bob Woodruff to Be Recognized at National Academy of Neuropsychology 1st Annual Public Awareness Recognition Ceremony
Date:11/2/2007

of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), as well as NAN.

Given the widespread use of explosives in current warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan, medical professionals are seeing an increase in blast injury induced brain trauma in military personnel returning from combat. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, in prior conflicts, TBI accounted for at least 14-20% of surviving combat casualties. Preliminary information from the current Middle East conflicts suggests that this number is much higher.

Many brain injury survivors have long-term disabilities including difficulties with memory and problem-solving, as well as stress and anger issues. "The hidden effects of brain injuries can surface long after the physical scars have healed," says Dr. William Perry, President of NAN. "People can experience behavioral, cognitive and even physical changes over time, which can be confusing for not only the individual, but for those close to them as well. Receiving assistance from professionals specializing in brain injury is key to understanding how best to help these military personnel and their families."

NAN is a professional association founded in 1975 to advance Neuropsychology as a science and health profession, to promote human welfare and to generate and disseminate knowledge of brain-behavior relationships. NAN has become a vibrant organization of the world's leading scientist-practitioners, academics, clinicians and researchers in the field of brain functioning. The association's current membership is over 3300 with representation by seventeen countries. The Annual Conference is attended by an average of 1500 neuropsychologists, neuroscientists, and neurologists.


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