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Posted in Neurology News on 30th Jan 2013

Marketing Authorisation extension for Gadovist® 1.0 (gadobutrol) in the whole body


Bayer HealthCare’s Radiology and Interventional division has completed the necessary UK variation procedure for Gadovist®1.0 (gadobutrol) for the diagnosis of diseases in the whole body with magnetic resonance imaging.

Based on the label extension, Gadovist 1.0 can be used in Europe for magnetic resonance imaging of the whole body (including brain and spine, head and neck region, lung, breast, abdomen, pelvis, kidney, extremities and musculoskeletal system as well as imaging of blood vessels). This also covers cardiac magnetic resonance imaging to diagnose coronary heart disease.

Gadovist 1.0 offers a quick (high resolution) magnetic resonance imaging procedure and is effective at providing detailed images of different organs without exposing the patient to ionising radiation.

“Early diagnosis is paramount for successful disease management and improved patient outcomes,” said Nicole Farmer, Head of Bayer HealthCare Radiology and Interventional division in the UK. “This label extension strengthens Gadovist 1.0-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging as a radiation-free diagnostic modality to identify the early onset of diseases. Not only does it fulfil the promise of our Radiology and Interventional franchise to offer comprehensive solutions for our customers and their patients but, it will strengthen the Gadovist brand’s market leading position.”

New State-of-the-Art Ventilator Service at RHN

A new purpose-built ventilator service has opened at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN). The Jack Emerson Centre, named after the American inventor of artificial respiration John Haven ‘Jack’ Emerson, offers bespoke state-of-the-art services for people living on ventilatory support.


In a collaboration between RHN staff, Cowan Architects and existing patients, the service is designed to be homely whilst providing the optimal environment for facilitating rehabilitation, including colour-coding and clear signage to promote way-finding for patients with cognitive communication impairments. Specially adapted environmental controls mean that independence is maximised as the operation of windows, curtains, televisions and radios can be controlled by the patient.

Following more than a decade of care, providing specialist support to people living with a neurological injury or disease who are dependent on ventilatory support, the Jack Emerson Centre offers increased capacity of 16 beds, more single rooms and a greatly improved environment. The RHN’s specialist ventilator team are able to care for complex patients requiring shorter stay neurological rehabilitation (including specialist wheelchairs and assistive technology) and residents requiring long term care.

At the Jack Emerson Centre, the multi-disciplinary team includes doctors, nursing staff, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, dieticians and assistive technologists. The RHN has a number of additional on-site services, from which patients can also benefit.

The new ventilator service has also been made possible by a generous donation of £500,000 by The Albert Reckitt Charitable Trust.

The RHN is now taking referral enquiries, please contact: Carol Groves, Commissioning & Placement Liaison Manager. Tel: 020 8780 4513 Email:

UKABIF announce 2012 award winners

The winners of the Innovation and Inspiration awards were announced at the 4th UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF). Gerry Roxburgh, a Senior Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, was presented with the Award for Innovation. The Award for Inspiration was presented to Louise Wilkinson, Training Manager at the Child Brain Injury Trust. Gerry was presented with her award for implementing a fast track assessment and treatment pathway for the management of eating and drinking disorders in patients with acquired and traumatic brain injury. Louise won the award because of her awareness raising work on behalf of young offenders affected by acquired brain injury, which includes setting up the Criminal Justice and Acquired Brain Injury Interest Group (CJABIIG). The UKABIF Award for Innovation and Inspiration are open to individuals or organisations that make a difference in ABI; be they a lawyer/law firm, clinician, care provider, social care worker, educational or voluntary sector provider or registered charity.

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Launch of online National Brain Injury Service Directory


A new, online National Brain Injury Service Directory – BrainNav – is set to clear the road to rehabilitation for brain injury survivors across the country. BrainNav is a revolutionary tool that provides health professionals with a comprehensive database of rehabilitation centres, cognitive therapists, clinics, and other specialist facilities. The online portal has been designed to support those working in the field of acquired brain injury (ABI) and allows them to search relevant services either by what stage their patient is at on the rehabilitation pathway, or by their specific needs and wants.

BrainNav is a joint, not-for-profit venture between Thompsons Solicitors, UKABIF (UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum), and Optua UK; organisations that recognised the inadequacy of ABI information resources in the UK. Andrew Bateman, a leading NeuroRehab clinician and NHS business manager, says it will dramatically improve healthcare professionals’ access to rehabilitation services.

“This is an important venture, and one that will become stronger the more services take part. This facility – which helps patients and clinicians navigate the complexities of different services – is a much-needed one, especially for the people who are living with the consequences of brain injury who otherwise might not even know a service exists. I have met, for example, many patients who did not know that services around the UK are available which can help overcome emotional, cognitive, vocational or behavioural problems. As a result they are at risk of being mismanaged. I have also met clinicians who are, by nature of their more generic roles, unaware of all the possible problems that follow brain injury and ways of managing them. I envisage that, in due course, BrainNav will help in the mission to overcome regional inequalities – a dream of all who work in this sector and a vital step for the UK as a whole.”

An additional purpose of the site is to help ease the strain on the public purse; PCTs were tasked with setting up directories to map trauma services, but few had the resources to follow this through. Now that PCTs are being disbanded, BrainNav will support NHS commissioners in meeting their obligations by taking up this responsibility, thereby helping clinicians deliver the quality of service that is required of them.

Professor Mike Barnes, former chief executive for the NHS, founding member of the Northern Acquired Brain Injury Forum and Chair of UKABIF – which aims to raise awareness of acquired brain injury – commented, “The need for a directory of services for brain injury has been recognised for a long time. BrainNav has achieved this goal using local professionals to source information about the services available in their area. We think this resource – which has already proven valuable in designing a regional model of care – will become an essential tool for all working in the field.” For more information visit