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Giffords office to hold town hall on traumatic brain injuries

Panel discussion to be streamed online

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The office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will hold an interactive town hall meeting on traumatic brain injuries Wednesday at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Tucson.

Doctors, experts on brain injuries and a veteran who was injured while serving in Iraq will speak at the event that will be streamed live on the web, said Giffords' spokesman Mark Kimble.

There will also be a question-and-answer session, and questions can be sent via email to TBIQuestions@mail.house.gov or tweet to @Rep_Giffords using the hashtag #TBItownhall.

While attendance at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System is by invitation, the public can participate online at at www.ustream.tv/channel/giffords or Giffords' Facebook page.

Traumatic brain injuries affect more than 1.5 million Americans a year with many injured in Afghanistan and Iraq, Kimble said in a press release.

The discussion will focus on the impact of those injuries on the military and the importance of rehabilitation, Kimble said.

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ TBI town hall

  • When: Wednesday, 10 a.m. – noon
  • Where: Southern Arizona VA Medical Center, 3601 S. Sixth Ave, Tucson (by invitation)
  • Webcast: www.ustream.tv/channel/giffords

The panel

  • Dr. Jayendra H. Shaw, chief of staff of SAVAHCS
  • Dr. Christine Kwasnica, medical director of neurorehabilitation at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix
  • Dr. Alex Hishaw, staff neurologist at SAVAHCS
  • Dr. Susan Lucht, clinical director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at SAVAHCS
  • Erik Castillo, a veteran who was injured while serving in Iraq and now attends the University of Arizona
  • Mattie Cummins, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Arizona.
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