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Tennessee Department of Health announces Traumatic Brain Injury Conference set for March 17th


Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Approximately 8,000 Tennesseans are hospitalized each year with brain injuries. For each patient, there are physical and economic impacts, sometimes causing lasting distress for individuals, families and communities.

Health and medical professionals from across the state will gather in Nashville March 17th to discuss new developments in preventing traumatic brain injury. The conference is open to the public and will be held on the campus of David Lipscomb University.

“Every decision and every action we make is dependent on the control center that is our brain,” said Jean Doster, director of the Tennessee Department of Health Traumatic Brain Injury program. “TDH and the Brain Injury Association of Tennessee are hosting this event to bring additional focus on what can be done to help reduce the physical suffering and financial costs resulting from preventable brain injuries.”

Keynote speaker is Chris Nowinski, co-founder and executive director of the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization focused on reducing sports concussion injuries through education, policy and research. As a professional wrestler, he suffered a serious concussion, developed post-concussion syndrome and was forced to retire.

For more information on brain injury or the conference, call 800.882.0611. Cost for attendance is $150.00 for professionals and $30.00 for survivors and families. The conference coincides with March being National Brain Injury Awareness Month. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, a brain injury can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way a brain normally works.

For more information about the association, visit

About the Tennessee Department of Health

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments.

Learn more about TDH services and programs at




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