Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the
Egmont Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark
For historical and personal reasons it is a particular satisfaction for me to write a few opening words to this book, emanating as it does from the work of the Center for Brain Injury at the University of Copenhagen and its many collaborators. In 1985, a grant from the Danish Egmont Foundation made possible the establishment of the Center under the direction of Professor Anne-Lise Christensen. As chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, it has therefore been very gratifying for me to see the Center grow into a healthy and productive independence. The Center has been successful, not only in helping unfortunate victims of brain injury toward a better and more fulfilling life, but also in awakening public concern to their situation, and in pursuing research aimed at improving methods of assisting them. Brain injury is, however, an international issue, and since its inception, the Center has developed an ever-growing contact and collaboration with other specialists and experts, particularly in Europe and North America.
In recognition of the status of the Center, the Foundation was happy to sponsor the truly international conference in Copenhagen, the papers from which form the basis of the chapters of the present volume. These chapters, meticulously edited and integrated by Anne-Lise Christensen and Barbara Uzzell, thus contain an imposingly wide-ranging distillation of the most recent knowledge and experience, drawn from so many countries, all focused on the vital central concern of improving the lot of the brain-injured person. I am confident that the book will contribute to furthering that improvement.