Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain1. TBIs can be caused by many ways, such as motor vehicle crashes, falls, sports-related injuries, abuse, or self-harm (suicide attempt)2.

TBIs are considered a “disease of process” meaning that the impact of this injury type may be delayed. Some people may experience symptoms that resolve immediately, and others may experience new symptoms that arise years after the injury occurs3.

TBI is a major health problem that’s generally not recognized by the public. Thousands of people in the US die or are disabled due to TBIs every year4.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention Task Force

This task force is committed to shifting the conversation around TBIs. Bringing attention and focus to relevant research and interventions that make a long-lasting impact.   

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Tamara Espinoza, MD - Assistant Professor, Emory Department of Emergency Medicine 

Jonathan Ratcliff, MD - Assistant Professor, Emory Department of Emergency Medicine

John CarterConsultantGeorgia Department of Public Health
Kristin CreaDirector, Sports Medicine and The Concussion InstituteGwinnett Medical Center
Claire CreechRehabilitation Satellite ManagerChildren’s Hospital of Atlanta
Emma HarringtonDirector of Injury PreventionShepherd Center
Jeff HoppHead Athletic TrainerMarietta City Schools
Jane JacksonDirector of Information and Resource ProgramBrain Injury Association of Georgia
Mahwish JavedProgram CoordinatorSafe Kids Georgia
Michelle LaPlacaAssociate ProfessorGeorgia Institute of Technology
Krista LoweSchool Nurse SpecialistGeorgia Department of Education
Chinyere NwamuoGrant ManagerGeorgia Department of Public Health
Tolu OyesanyaPost-Doctoral FellowShepherd Center
Amanda RamirezManager of Trauma Outreach and EducationSavannah Memorial
Ford VoxPhysicianShepherd Center
David WrightInterim Chair, Professor, Vice Chair of ResearchEmory School of Medicine
Craig YoungExecutive DirectorBrain Spinal Injury Trust


  1. Basic Information about Traumatic Brain Injury 
  2. Unintentional vs. Intentional Brain Injury: Helping People Cope with the Cause of their Brain Injury 
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Report to Congress on Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Epidemiology and Rehabilitation. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. Atlanta, GA.
  4. Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion Data and Statistics