Brain injury refers to damage to the brain acquired after birth. It can be acquired through traumatic injury such as accidents and falls, or through non-traumatic injury such as stroke, tumour or infection. Brain injury can affect cognitive, physical, emotional, social and independent functioning in the sufferer and is not to be confused with intellectual disability, as many people may experience profound physical difficulties but retain their intellectual capacity. One in 45 Australians experience a brain injury, resulting in a reduced capacity for independent living. Brain injury results in a significant burden on the community, emotionally and financially, and researchers are working towards reversing the effects of the injury.
This disease is being researched in the following projects: