HSC To Hold Public Meetings on Brain Trauma Study

The UNM Health Sciences Center Department of Neurosurgery announces two public meetings - one in Santa Fe and one in Albuquerque - regarding a proposal for UNM to participate in a national, multi-site, National Institutes of Health funded brain trauma study in which injured patients will be enrolled without prior consent.

The meetings will be held in:

Albuquerque-Thursday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Domenici Education Building, 2112 Stanford NE, Room 2112

Santa Fe - Friday, June 22, 5:30 St. Vincent’s Hospital SW Conference Room

The goal of the proposed study is to learn if early cooling within two hours from a brain trauma, either on the scene of the accident or immediately upon arrival to the University of New Mexico Hospital’s Emergency Room, will improve survival and/or lessen permanent disability.

Research requires informed consent from participants. As severely brain injured patients are unresponsive and unable to consent to participate in the study and family members may be unavailable to give consent within the critical two hour time window, if the study proceeds, most patients will included without giving prior consent.

At the meetings, research staff will explain the proposed study. They will be asking members of the community: "would you be willing to be in a research study where you might be cooled without your consent following a brain injury?"

UNM’s Human Research Review Committee will consider carefully the results of these community meetings prior to approving the study to proceed in the Rio Grande Corridor communities and prior to any brain trauma victims getting this additional cooling intervention.

Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322

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