The Neuroscience Center
Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program
Each year an estimated 500,000 people in the United States sustain permanent brain or spinal cord injuries. Teens and young adults are at highest risk for these devastating injuries, many of which are preventable.
Think First, the National Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program, is an award-winning public education effort targeting teens and young adults. Developed by America's Neurosurgeons, it is presented at no charge to junior and senior high schools. There is also a Think First for Kids program available for younger children. Both of these upbeat programs educate young people about personal vulnerability and risk taking.
Think First symbolizes organized neurosurgery's belief that young people can use their minds to protect their bodies. Since its inception in 1986, nearly five million young people have received the message.
Locally, Johnson Neurological Clinic has presented the Think First program to more than 15,000 students in Guilford, Forsyth, Randolph and Davidson Counties.