June is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults from ages 1 to 44. Brain injuries are most often caused by motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries, or simple falls on the playground, at work or in the home.
Isabelle Gagnon, is a professor at the McGill School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. She is also a Clinician Scientist at the Concussion Research Lab and Trauma Centre, at the Montreal Children's Hospital, RI-MUHC
Research areas: Prof. Gagnon's research program focuses on how children and adolescents function after traumatic injury as well as on how rehabilitation services can contribute to achieving the best outcomes possible. She uses various tests for balance, motor abilities and self-confidence in order to determine whether children and adolescents are ready to return to physical activities. She has recently developed an innovative rehabilitation approach with children who are slow to recover after a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury.