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Addenbrooke’s Abroad joins leading initiative to improve care of patients with traumatic brain injuries

Addenbrooke’s Abroad joins leading initiative to improve care of patients with traumatic brain injuries

Friday, July 21, 2017

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust’s global health programme - Addenbrooke’s Abroad - is part of a new global health research group looking into traumatic brain injury. The NIHR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma has been established by the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, following funding of £1.78 million from the Department of Health.

Over 3,400 people die on the world's roads every day and tens of millions of people are injured or disabled every year. Approximately half of these deaths are a result of traumatic brain injury.

The Group’s work will focus on improving the care of patients with traumatic brain injury in low-middle income countries (LMICs) to improve the prevention, investigation, treatment and outcome of head-injured patients.

Over the past 20 years there have been major gains in the management of traumatic brain injury in the UK and the Group will share learning with low-middle income countries where there is an urgency to support the increasing burden of traumatic brain injury.

Addenbrooke’s Abroad will help the Group develop key partnerships across the world to facilitate this support.

Tom Bashford, Academic Clinical Fellow and Addenbrooke’s Abroad volunteer, said: “Addenbrooke's Abroad has over ten years’ experience in developing global health partnerships between Cambridge University Hospitals and institutions around the world. As a key partner of the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma, Addenbrooke’s Abroad will support the Group in developing resilient partnerships which are embedded within the national and international frameworks which define high quality international healthcare development.”

He continues: “The Group is an exciting opportunity to develop the academic expertise in neurotrauma for which Cambridge is renowned in the context of global health. Led by Professor Peter Hutchinson (Department of Neurosurgery), it seeks to improve the care of traumatic brain injury through mapping and understanding the current management, generating and implementing innovation, and fostering research capacity, with our partner institutions.”

Evelyn Brealey, Programme Director of Addenbrooke’s Abroad said: “We’re delighted to be working with the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the global health partnerships experience that we have built and support developments in the management of traumatic brain injury for patients around the world.”