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       Underscoring its mission to bring help and hope to those affected by traumatic brain injury, The Toral Family Foundation announced a new scholarship program for qualified healthcare professionals who are interested in advancing their knowledge of brain injury-related topics. The Florida-based nonprofit organization is offering three all-expense-paid trips to attend the 10th Annual North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) Medical Conference on Sept. 12-15 in Miami, FL.


To apply online, visit 

Application deadline: August 3, 2012


        Held this year at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami, the four-day medical conference is a not-to-be-missed event for healthcare professionals involved in issues surrounding brain injuries and the ongoing care of individuals and their families affected by them. Nationally renowned experts in the field will speak about medical best practices, rehabilitation, research, life-long treatment, pediatric care and advocacy programs. The conference will also include focused sessions on the use of technology in neuro-rehabilitation, as well as the critical and growing issue of blast injuries sustained by military and non-military personnel. Registrants can earn continuing education credits for attending the sessions.

 “The conference is an excellent opportunity for healthcare professionals to learn more about the new advances in brain injury treatment,” said Frank Toral, a Florida attorney who started the Toral Family Foundation with his wife, Olivia, to support brain injury research and education. “For the past 16 years, I’ve represented families in the courtroom whose lives were suddenly changed by a brain injury and I’ve seen first-hand how early intervention by healthcare providers in treatment and care management can improve long-term outcomes.”

       Toral is senior partner at Toral Garcia Battista, a spinal cord and brain injury law firm headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The firm handles serious injury cases with a focus on helping survivors and their families navigate the legal and health care complexities for the best possible outcomes. He is the immediate past president of the Brain Injury Association of Florida, serves on the Legal Advisory Board of Sarah Jane Brain Foundation and has served as director for the Brain Injury Association of America.Toral is among the more than 40 esteemed brain injury experts who will be presenting at this year’s NABIS conference. His presentation will address why a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach between the healthcare and legal communities is essential in setting the stage for overall improvement in the patient/client’s quality of life.

          NABIS is a professional society with the primary mission of moving brain injury science into practice. The organization provides education programs, scientific updates and a platform for communication and professional exchange. In all areas, including clinical care, research, policy and litigation, NABIS works from the premise that advances in science and practices based on the application of the scientific evidence will ultimately provide the best outcomes for those with brain injuries and for the community as a whole.

           The Toral Family Foundation collaborates with organizations that positively impact brain injury (TBI) around the state of Florida, such as the University of Florida Foundation, Brooks Rehabilitation Clubhouse, The Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation/Brain Institute and Mothers for TBI Hope. The Foundation recently partnered with the University of Florida’s College of Medicine to support a new term professorship and establish a research center dedicated to improving outcomes for brain injury patients. The Toral Family Foundation Professional Scholarship, which is valued at $1,500 each, includes registration to the NABIS conference; up to $300 for travel expenses; hotel accommodations; and a ticket to attend the opening dinner reception with Frank Toral. Scholarship applicants should be currently employed in the healthcare field within the state of Florida and currently working in brain injury or with brain injury patients. Applications must be received by August 3, 2012. To apply online, visit


About Toral Family Foundation

            Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Toral Family Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting medical research and education involving brain and spinal cord injuries and assisting affected individuals and families.  The foundation was created as a result of the demand for more resources and support by victims suffering from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Toral is also the author of “Brain Injury: Where do we go from here?” a handbook developed to guide families whose loved one has sustained a brain injury. The handbook is distributed for free to families and professionals upon request. For more information on the foundation, please visit For information on the Toral Garcia Battista law firm, please visit