Acquired brain injury is topic of Aug. 25 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

James Torner, Ph.D., University of Iowa professor and head of epidemiology, will present the 2011 College of Public Health Distinguished Faculty Lecture, “Acquired Brain Injury: Prevention, Outcomes and Challenges” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI health sciences campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Acquired brain injury is a traumatic or nontraumatic injury to the brain that occurs after birth, is noncongenital, and is nondegenerative. Torner, who also holds appointments in neurosurgery and surgery and is senior associate director of the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, will examine the magnitude of acquired brain injury in public health through an example of subarachnoid hemorrhage — bleeding in the area between the brain and the thin tissues that cover the brain.

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