Dr Ivan Pitman, a Clinical Neuropsychologist from Redford Court, which forms part of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT), attended the 34th International Congress of Law and Mental Health, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna from the 13thto the 17th July 2015.

The Congress was attended by over 500 clinicians, researchers and academics from across the globe from as far as Australia, Japan and the United States of America. The international nature of the Congress was underpinned by several seminars being held in Spanish and French. Dr Pitman spoke about his research into the impact brain injury has upon offenders and breaking the cycle of crime which can occur.

The research conducted at HMP Leeds and recently published in the Journal of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation was funded by The Disabilities Trust Foundation and saw one of the largest ever investigations into the prevalence of brain injury amongst prisoners with over 600 prisoners screened.

“A great deal of interest existed not only of the creation of an innovative approach to screening for brain injury and the findings of our study," Dr. Pitman said, "but in the ground breaking work of the Foundation which has evolved from my research in supporting offenders who are identified with brain injuries. It was truly gratifying to be recognised that not only is this work of importance in supporting individuals with brain injury but of reducing the number of victims of crime.”

Dr Pitman also noted that: “Once again BIRT has demonstrated that it is at the fore front, not only in the UK, but internationally of further research and practice in the identification and rehabilitation of individuals who have suffered from injuries to their brains”.

Brain injury research highlighted at the 34th International Congress of Law and Mental Health, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna on 17 July 2015.