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Injured Brain


Here are some videos on brain injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury part 1: Learn about some of the causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and what may happen to the brain as a result of the TBI.


Traumatic Brain Injury part 2: Further learnings about TBI including what happens when there is an increase in pressure inside your skull. Dr Yao will also touch on what occurs when a brain tumour develops.


Strokes: Learn to distinguish between the different types of strokes including ischemic, hemorrhagic and lacunar.  You can also learn about mini strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs).


Brain Injury Outcomes part 1: learn about how factors such as age, severity of injury, pre-existing health conditions as well as having good social supports can impact outcomes.


Brain Injury outcomes part 2: Learn the difference between a mild, moderate and severe traumatic brain injury.  What are the meanings of the letters GCS, PTA, CT and MRI?



Dr. Jennifer Yao, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Jennifer Yao graduated from UBC Medical School in 1997 and completed her specialist training in 2002 with the UBC Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is a UBC Clinical Assistant Professor and works on the Acquired Brain Injury Program and the Adolescent Young Adult Program at GF Strong Rehab Centre. Dr. Yao also serves as a consulting physiatrist at Vancouver Hospital.

Dr. Yao has a strong interest in medical education and is currently pursuing a Masters in Medical Education through the University of Dundee. Her clinical and research interests include stroke and brain injury rehabilitation and cancer rehabilitation. She is an active member of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


Learn more

Heart and Stroke Foundation provides detailed information about: Types of Stroke, Prevention of Risk Factors, Living with a Stroke, Warning Signs, Women & Stroke, Tests, Treatment, Other Resources

BC Cancer Agency links you to websites with information about brain tumors and cancers that affect the Central Nervous System 

Brainline a site from the United States that provides a full range of information about traumatic brain injury 

Understanding Brain Injury (www.braininjury101.org) - videos cover the basics of the brain and brain injury - produced by Shepherd Center and KPKinteractive in collaboration with the American Trauma Society, the Brain Injury Association of America and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.




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The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.