Dr. Thomas A. Martin
1965 – 2015
The Brain Injury Association of Missouri and the community lost an exceptional clinician, strong advocate and sincere friend with the passing of Dr. Thomas A. Martin on May 7, 2015.
The following words of tribute for Dr. Tom Martin are shared by many:
I join you in total shock and sadness at the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Tom Martin. Tom and I worked together on the Brain Injury Association of Missouri Board of Directors for many years. I cherish the times we spent at the conference. I can’t think of anyone who enjoyed giving away the door prizes as much as he did! He took such pride in the strength of the conference over the years and he had quite a bit to do with that. Through his connections, we were able to entice amazing speakers for the conference. Tom was an outstanding neuropsychologist with a heart for the individual survivor and their family. What a legacy he leaves us. I can hardly bear to think of not talking with him again. My prayers go out to his children and mother as they cope with this loss. And to all of us who also knew him and thought so much of him, we are a community joined in shared sadness.
Read the obituary for Dr. Tom Martin
Tribute donation in Memory of Dr. Tom Martin
An Introduction to Brain Injury - Dr. Tom Martin
Welcome to the Brain Injury Association of Missouri
News and Announcements
Please join us across the State as we welcome local legislators
to the BIA-MO Support Groups!
Please take this opportunity to make your voices heard by sharing your experiences and questions with your local legislators. The discussions will focus on legislative issues and how they affect survivors of brain injury and their families. We will also discuss helpful action from you, elected officials and the Brain Injury Association of Missouri.
Join us at the following meetings as we welcome the following legislators:
Representative Penny Hubbard, District 78 - November 18 at the St. Louis-North Support Group. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm at the BIA-MO Office (2265 Schuetz Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146)
Representative Tom Flanigan, District 163 and Representative Bill White District 161 - December 8 at the Joplin Support Group. The meeting will begin at 12:00noon at the Independent Living Center (2639 E. 34th Street, Joplin, MO 64808)
Senator Ed Emory, District 31 - December 10 at the Kansas City-Downtown Support Group. The meeting will be at 4:00pm at The Whole Person (3710 Main St., Kansas City 64111)
Please also join as we welcome Maureen Cunningham, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri. She will discuss legislative issues that impact survivors of brain injury. Local State Senators and Representatives have been asked to join us at these meetings.
November 19- St. Joseph Support Group. The meeting will begin at 3:30pm at MERIL (4420 S. 40th St., St Joseph, MO 64503)
December 7- Kirksville Support Group. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm at Fellowship Baptist Church, 1701 Jamison St., Kirksville, MO 63501)
December 8- Kansas City - North Support Group. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm at the Hillside Christian Church (900 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 64118)
Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO)
11th Annual Statewide Professional Conference
October 15 – 17, 2015
St. Charles Convention Center
St. Charles, Missouri
Thank you to all who participated in the Brain Injury Association of Missouri 11th Annual Statewide Conference. It was a huge success! There were more than 300 Conference attendees throughout the three days. Sessions were both informational and beneficial for attendees and Sponsors. Again, thank you for your participation that fulfills the Mission of BIA-MO – to reduce the incidence of brain injury; to promote acceptance, independence and productivity of persons with brain injury; and to support their families and the community.
Learn more about the BIA-MO Annual Statewide Professional Conference.
Dr. Regina McGlinchey and Ben Trotter with the Translational Research Center for TBI and Stress Disorders (TRACTS) Program of the Boston VA were the featured Keynote Speakers for the inaugural Dr. Tom Martin Legacy Keynote Session. Dr. McGlinchey and Mr. Trotter discussed results of their research on the early signs of aging brains of troops. Their research results and insight were appreciated by individuals who work with Veterans as well as survivors of brain injury from other causes.
Dr. Gerard Erker discussed Neurobehavioral Impact of Brain Injury as the second Keynote Session of the Conference. This topic is applicable to many professionals who provide treatment for survivors of brain injury.
Joanne Cohen, survivor of brain injury, captivated and inspired professionals, family members and survivors with her two sessions. Her multiple brain injuries and perseverance led her to develop the 13 Keys to Re-Empowerment to Move Beyond after Getting Hit and Getting Up.
Terrific feedback was received on all of these Keynote Sessions as well as other sessions that filled the three days of the BIA-MO 11th Annual Statewide Conference.
BIA-MO Survivor and Family Regional Seminar
The Brain Injury Association of Missouri Survivor and Family Regional Seminars provide helpful information, practical suggestions and support for life with brain injury.
2015 Program Agenda:
Brain Injury 101
Loving the New Me. Getting Hit, Getting Up, and Moving Beyond: 13 Keys to Re-Empowerment
Making and Keeping Relationships
Building Therapy Into Your Day
Ask the Specialists Panel
Guardianship Proposed Code Changes
*For session details and seminar locations, click here.
There was no charge but registration was required.
Brain Injury Association of Missouri
Each year the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) honors individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution in the brain injury community.
Honors the success of an individual with brain injury.
Point of Light Award
Honors an individual who has provided outstanding service to persons with brain injury. Nominations must be made by an individual with brain injury.
Volunteer of the Year
Honors an individual who has furthered the mission of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri through his or her volunteer service with the organization.
Legislator of the Year
Honors an elected official representing citizens of Missouri who has supported the prevention of brain injuries, services for survivors of brain injury or their families, or supported issues important to the brain injury community.
Bill Buell Memorial Award
Honors a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor or Case Manager who has provided outstanding service to the brain injury community within or outside of his or her employment responsibilities.
Service Excellence Award — Prevention
Honors an individual or organization for lasting contributions in brain injury prevention.
Service Excellence Award — Community Service
Honors an individual or organization for exceptional service within the brain injury community.
Service Excellence Award — Public Relations
Honors an individual or organization for outreach and educational efforts that have increased awareness of brain injury, needs within the brain injury community, and the Brain Injury Association of Missouri.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Honors an individual or organization for significant contributions and long-term impact to the brain injury community.
The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) is pleased to offer educational scholarships for survivors of brain injury to pursue post-secondary education.
Jim and Lori Winter Scholarship
Honors the long-time volunteer leadership of Jim and Lori Winter for strengthening the Brain Injury Association of Missouri. Lori continues her volunteer service as a Support Group Facilitator for two groups. Donations to BIA-MO support the Jim and Lori Winter Scholarship Fund to provide two $500 scholarships for survivors of brain injury to continue post-secondary education.
SSM Rehabilitation Network Education Scholarship
Corporate scholarship of SSM Rehabilitation Network - Select Medical Partnership to assist survivors of brain injury on their road of recovery through encouragement and support for post-secondary education. The SSM Rehabilitation Network Scholarship program offers two $750 post-secondary education scholarships for survivors of brain injury.
BIA-MO Social Recreation Event Coming Up Next:
Saturday, November 14
9520 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63132
Cost is $4.50 plus the cost of shoes
Join us a for a fun afternoon.
RSVP to 314-426-4024 or email@example.com.
To download the 2015 Social Recreation Calendar, Click Here.
Parents, athletes and coaches, sign up for the following BIA-MO educational opportunities to learn more about concussion prevention, signs and symptoms and what the next steps are after a concussion occurs.
Concussion Overview for Parents and Athletes- A FREE 15-minute standardized education program that is incorporated into parent and/or athlete meetings. It is also relevant for parent-teacher organizations or athletic association meetings.
Concussion Training for Coaches and School Personnel - Training for youth- sport coaches (paid or volunteer), school nurses, administration and licensed athletic trainers.
Save Your Brain- Age appropriate education is offered for elementary, middle and high school students regarding brain injury as part of a specific class or Ability Day Program.
Request a printable Request for Presentation form or complete the Request for Presentation online.
Forms can be submitted by mail: 2265 Schuetz Rd, St. Louis, Missouri 63146 or by fax: 314-426-3290
For more information click here.
Beat the Heat – and Remember the Mission
For 28 years we have endured the St. Louis infamous hot temperatures on the day of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Annual Charity Golf Tournament. This year we will Beat the Heat and continue to focus on the Mission of BIA-MO.
Join us to Beat the Heat while still providing support, education, recreation and advocacy for survivors of brain injury and their families.
Please make your Beat the Heat virtual golf tournament donation online now. (link the online form to the “online now” words)
Sports Concussions Seminar
Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers
Videos of the seminar held in Columbia, MO is available
Every year, the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) hosts the Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers
in cooperation with the Department of Health and Senior Services/TBI Grant and several statewide organizations. This educational program provides sports and school personnel with current information on concussion care and his or her role in this care for youth.
Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers regional seminars were held in January and February 2015 at five locations: Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis. The seminars were a success; attendance increased from 2014 by 25 percent to nearly 1,000 participants across Missouri.
A Concussion Overview for Parents and Athletes and the Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers seminar held in Columbia, MO is available to view here.
Bowling for Brain Injury – A Perfect Score!
Learn more about Bowling for Brain Injury
Saturday, June 20, 2015
St. Louis: Chesterfield Brunswick Zone
Springfield: Enterprise Park Lanes
Bowling for Brain Injury raised more than $23,000 to provide help, hope and healing for survivors of brain injury and their families. Thank you to the nearly 200 Fundraising-Bowlers and even more donors who made this event a huge success!
Your donation still counts! Your donation will make a difference through programs of support, education, recreation and advocacy through the Brain Injury Association.
Please make your Bowling for Brain Injury – Missouri gift online now.
Bowlers participated in two locations: in St. Louis at the Brunswick Zone – Chesterfield, and in Springfield at Enterprise Park Lanes. In addition, some were absentee or virtual bowlers, or they may have chosen to sponsor a bowler or team with a donation. Or perhaps were a corporate sponsor of the event. Any way you frame it, it was a perfect score for individuals living with the challenges of life with brain injury.
Become a Sponsor
YOU CAN Make a Difference
Your back-to-school, everyday and work shopping can benefit the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at no extra cost to you.
School and office supplies, clothes, dorm room essentials and more are all available through retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Verizon, Famous Footwear, Finish Line, Office Max and more.
When you make on-line purchases using the Shop Thru the Heart mall, a donation will be made to the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO). There is no additional cost to you or BIA-MO.
It is easy to Shop Thru the Heart
Go to www.shopthrutheheart.com
from the top of the screen
from the top of the screen (you can use the BIA-MO general account)
Enter the following information in the I’m a Returning Customer
box (case sensitive):
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Make your online purchases with up to 10 percent of your total being donated to the Brain Injury Association of Missouri, at no additional cost to you.
How does Shop Thru the Heart work, this sounds to good to be true?
mall receives a commission based on your purchases. They then make a donation to BIA-MO based on your purchase - when BIA-MO is your selected charity or you sign-in using the BIA-MO general account. There is no additional cost to you, your company, employees, colleagues and friends.
Please Shop Thru the Heart for your on-line purchases for home, school and work.
Membership – Voice of Brain Injury in Missouri
YOU can provide help and hope for individuals and families adjusting to life with brain injury.
You probably know a survivor of brain injury. You might be a survivor or have a loved one with brain injury. Perhaps you have a friend or colleague who is impacted by brain injury. You know the emotional roller-coaster survivors and families experience in these days, weeks, months and year that follow the injury.
Please be help and hope for survivors and their families, colleagues and friends or anyone you know that has been impacted by brain injury. A donation helps all of those listed above and more, to receive information and answers.
Your Membership in the Brain Injury Association of Missouri matters. It ensures that survivors of brain injury and their families have access to services, receive support and education to face new challenges, and celebrate accomplishments in their lives. Click here for more information about Membership.
Brain Injury Association of Missouri Board Meetings
Members of the Brain Injury Association of the Missouri are welcome to attend Board Meetings as a guest. The meeting dates for 2015 are:
All meetings are held at University Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65212 in the Main Street Conference Room on the 1st Floor. The Executive Committee meets at 9:15 am followed by the Board of Directors meeting at 10:30 am.