Celebrate National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month in September

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The Brain Aneurysm Foundation celebrates September as National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. Throughout the nation, communities host events and fundraisers with a common cause: helping to raise public awareness and understanding of brain aneurysms.

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Did you know that an estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm? Each year, about 27,000 people in the U.S. will suffer from a ruptured brain aneurysm. About 40% of those experiencing a ruptured brain aneurysm will die. Those that survive often face significant challenges, greatly impacting their lives and the lives of their families.

It’s because of those statistics that The Brain Aneurysm Foundation celebrates September as National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. Throughout the nation, communities host events and fundraisers with a common cause: helping to raise public awareness and understanding of brain aneurysms.

A brain aneurysm is a weak bulging spot on the wall of a brain artery very much like a thin balloon or weak spot on an inner tube. Over time, the blood flow within the artery pounds against the thinned portion of the wall and aneurysms form silently from wear and tear on the arteries. As the artery wall becomes gradually thinner from the dilation, the blood flow causes the weakened wall to swell outward. This pressure may cause the aneurysm to rupture and allow blood to escape into the space around the brain. The ruptures, many of which occur without warning, can lead to brain damage, stroke, or death. However, if a brain aneurysm is diagnosed early with proper screening, it can be treated before it ruptures.
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysms. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation hopes to improve these tragic statistics and save lives by funding vital research and increasing awareness.

On September 22, 2011, at the New York Athletic Club, The Brain Aneurysm will host its annual Symposium, awarding $160,000 in grants to eight individuals conducting scientific research directed at early detection, improved treatment modalities, and technological advances that will ultimately improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms.

The 2011 research grant recipients include:

  •     William J. Mack, M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
  •     Jinglu Ai, Ph.D, M.D., Research Associate, St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.
  •     Tomoki Hashimoto, M.D. Associate Professor, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
  •     Koji Hosaka, Ph.D, Instructor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  •     William Ashley, Jr., Ph.D., M.D., MBA Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Houston, Houston, TX.
  •     David K. Kung, M.D., Resident, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
  •     L. Fernando Gonzalez, M.D., Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.
  •     Dharam Persaud, B.Sc., M.S.B.E., Ph.D., Student, Biomedical Engineering,

Florida International University, Miami, FL.

A number of additional events are planned through the United States during the September designed to raise awareness of brain aneurysms. For more information on local events and informational materials on awareness efforts, please visit http://www.bafound.org.

About the Brain Aneurysm Foundation
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in Boston, MA on August 19, 1994 as a public charity. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures. The organization also provides education materials and awareness information to health care professionals and the general population, as well as providing support for patients and their loved ones.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation relies on fundraising support from individuals and organizations to continue to fund education and research to promote early detection of brain aneurysms, which ultimately saves lives. For more information, visit: http://www.bafound.org.

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