It is our pleasure to share with you that after extensive due diligence and thoughtful consideration, the boards of the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) and the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA), have voted unanimously to approve a formal affiliation agreement under which NABIS will join IBIA as a special section. This agreement, drafted by Jeffrey Leiter, the long-time outside counsel for both organizations, will allow NABIS and IBIA to deliver significantly enhanced membership benefits to the brain injury professionals that make up both groups. Members of NABIS and IBIA will now have access to a comprehensive set of benefits that combines the strengths of both organizations, providing a more valuable membership experience and the opportunity to be part of a larger and more influential alliance.
Specifically, the full suite of membership benefits now includes:
- Twelve monthly issues of the IBIA’s official journal, Brain Injury, one of the most respected peer-reviewed publications on the subject of brain injury.
- A quarterly subscription to Brain Injury Professional, the largest circulation publication in the field of brain injury.
- Access to other IBIA affiliates and special interest groups, such as the Disorders of Conscious Group and the International Pediatric Brain Injury Society.
- Significant discounts to the biennial IBIA World Congress on Brain Injury.
- Exclusive member discounts for the International Conference on Pediatric Brain Injury.
- Registration discounts to the NABIS medical conferences and annual NABIS legal conference.
Combined, NABIS and IBIA will represent the largest professional membership organization for brain injury professionals in the world. The affiliation will allow both organizations to take advantage of economies of scale, which in turn are expected to enhance and increase operational efficiencies.
As an affiliate of IBIA, NABIS will retain its corporate identity and will play an active and on-going role in organizing IBIA’s biennial World Congress on Brain Injury. In even years when the World Congress is not held, NABIS will continue to organize topic-specific and regional meetings in North America. NABIS will also continue to organize the Conference on Legal Issues in Brain Injury which is now in its third decade.
It is indeed an exciting time to be a member of NABIS and IBIA. As the field of brain injury continues to mature and evolve internationally, we expect that additional affiliation opportunities may arise and we look forward to exploring collaborative opportunities with other regional and national groups in the future. Now more than ever, it is critical for multidisciplinary brain injury professionals to collaborate and accelerate change. Our boards realized that we shared similar missions and it was in that spirit that we came together.
This partnership leverages the strengths of both organizations and will build upon our shared goal of advancing brain injury research into practice. Together we will continue to deliver educational content of the highest quality and to empower our members to provide the best possible care for persons with brain injury.
Mariusz Ziejewski, PhD, Chairman and CEO, North American Brain Injury Society
David Arciniegas, MD, Chairman and CEO, International Brain Injury Association