Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of helping a number of clients who have suffered from brain injuries. And as I’ve written before, I hoped that one small benefit of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was that the Veterans Administration and others would use the opportunity to conduct meaningful research on brain injuries that could help both our military and the rest of society.
Unfortunately, I might have had my hopes too high. Over the weekend, the Austin American Statesman ran a wonderful project by Jeremy Schwartz that outlined many of the problems facing researchers who tried to launch an expensive brain injury research program in Waco.
If you’re interested at all in brain injuries and brain injury research, I urge you to spend some time with the resources at the project.
Even if you’re not particularly interested in brain injuries, I think the project is still a good example of what journalism could be. In addition to his written articles, which also appeared in the paper, the project includes video stories and links to the actual documents used to substantiate the article. It is extremely well done.