Its International Advisory Board is comprised of over 200 leading experts from just about every major medical institution and research university across the country and they created the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI
Plan) which develops a seamless, standardized, evidence-based system of care that is universally accessible for the millions of PABI
families across the country.
MedeFile is an invaluable resource for families of those suffering from PABI because it takes on the burden of gathering patient medical records.
Nationally, PABI is the cause of over 12,000 deaths, 18,000 permanent disabilities, and 1,000,000 hospitalizations every year.
Extensive research by our Institute scientists and their collaborators to create this new PABI provides even more hearing benefits and hope to our patients.
The new electrode array for the PABI was developed in close collaboration between research scientists and engineers at the House Ear Institute and Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) in the U.
We anticipate that our first PABI patients may gain improved hearing benefits from the microstimulation of the brainstem with the new penetrating electrode array as compared to those who receive stimulation via the surface-electrode of the existing ABI," says Bob Shannon, Ph.
Like the ABI, the PABI is designed for patients suffering from Neurofibromatosis Type II (NF2), a hereditary disease that can cause profound hearing loss through the growth of bilateral tumors on the vestibular nerves.