First-of-its-Kind Eagan Institute for Advanced Diagnostics and Treatment of the Brain Unveiled

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Opening coincides with mass attention on professional sports related brain injuries.

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The Eagan Institute is passionate about changing our clients’ current paths of pain and despair related to brain injuries and disorders – something very pronounced in many of today’s professional sports athletes

An innovative new institute for advanced diagnostics and treatment of brain injuries and disorders was announced today amidst mass media attention on the severity and frequency of brain injuries sustained through professional football. The Eagan Institute, founded by Terry V. Eagan, M.D., a world-renowned psychiatrist and mental health expert, provides cutting-edge clinical assessments and treatment for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) including concussions.

While planning for the Institute has been in the works for over a year, its opening coincides with a recent bombshell segment on 60 Minutes in which NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell discussed the league’s support for advancing medical research for brain injuries, as well as the upcoming major motion picture, Concussion, starring Will Smith as Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who battled the NFL after discovering scientific evidence that the kind of repeated blows to the head sustained in football could cause severe, debilitating brain damage.

While some professional sports have loudly objected to the idea of repeated concussions causing prolonged brain injury, The Eagan Institute actually considers itself an ally to organizations seeking answers and treatment for individuals struggling with these issues.

“The Eagan Institute is passionate about changing our clients’ current paths of pain and despair related to brain injuries and disorders – something very pronounced in many of today’s professional sports athletes – and creating hope and relief,” said Dr. Eagan. “We believe remediation of these injuries is very possible and has been well documented.”

In fact, Dr. Eagan has worked with several former and current professional athletes with pronounced success. While his current pros prefer anonymity for the sake of their continued careers, they describe their sport’s “concussion protocol” as that of being told to lay in a dark room and relax for extended periods of time. Dr. Eagan’s protocols, however, involve neuro-imaging and a proprietary form of EEG neurofeedback to help retrain the brain to recover normal brain functioning.

Howard Dell, former professional football player (NFL, CFL & AFL), bobsled Olympian, World Championship medal winner and World Transplant Games (WTG) multi-world record holder, is currently collaborating with The Eagan Institute and recently underwent brain mapping, saying “You can’t fix something if you don’t know what’s broken.” Dell estimates that he has had 30 concussions in his lifetime and, while he is not noticeably struggling with any repercussions at this point in time, he is eager to work with The Eagan Institute to explore remediation for former athletes just like himself.

The Eagan Institute utilizes a variety of tools depending on the individual, their issues, and severity, to provide the most effective treatment plan. They also incorporate neurocognitive training to increase IQ, memory and recall performance and retention.

Other notable founding partners of The Eagan Institute include Karen Odell-Barber, MS, CISDS, Chief Executive Officer of Treatment Consultants, a company specializing in the triage and case management of behavioral healthcare clients, and Lisa Kennedy, Ph.D., former Chief Economist and Global Head of Marketing Operations for GE Healthcare.

For more information, visit eaganinstitute.com.

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