About Dr. Cohen
Dr Adrian Cohen, MB, BS, is a licensed physician based in Sydney, Australia with a focus on brain injury assessment and management. He is previously an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Clinical Ophthalmology within the Department of Medicine at the University of Sydney in Australia.
He first attended the University of New South Wales where he received his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery with First Class Honours. During those years, he also gained experience at various teaching hospitals such as The Prince of Wales Hospital, The Prince Henry Hospital, The Royal Hospital for Women, and The Royal South Sydney Hospital. During the course of his studies, he also found time to be the editor of the medicine yearbook and the director of the University of New South Wales medical revues.
In the years following graduation, Dr Adrian Cohen, MB, BS, made his way through stringent residency programmes, gaining experience in general and emergency medicine, as well as specific surgical procedures such as ear nose & throat, cardiothoracic, orthopaedic, and traumatic. He also spent years working with The Surf Life Saving Association Helicopter Rescue Service, Australia’s only national helicopter rescue programme, eventually working his way up to Medical Director.
One area of medicine in which he is extremely passionate about is the pre-hospital environment, with a particular focus on the prevention of head and neck-related injuries. As an Australian, he is fully aware of the dangers of certain activities, such as rugby, one of the team sports with the highest rates of head injury worldwide. Because of the frequency of head injuries and paralysis, and after noticing a distinct lack of preventative and post-traumatic care in the medical industry, Dr Cohen decided to dedicate himself to the cause.
He has personally overseen the planning and operation of first responder medical care around the world and has worked tirelessly on his not-for-profit charity Nurosafe. These programs use awareness, advocacy, education and research to spread the word about preventable head and neck injuries, not just in the world of sport, but in any situation imaginable.
Dr Cohen is also an accomplished author. In 1990 he published “A Guidebook for the Management of Acute Spinal Injuries” and “Survivor First Aid” that have been used repeatedly by medical and rescue personnel all around the globe. He also guests as a lecturer on the same topics frequently and has appeared on major television networks and programs including “Oprah”.
Dr Adrian Cohen, MB, BS, is also the talent behind Nurochek, the latest in brain health assessment. This portable device is used to measure the brain’s normal electrical activity using EEG signals and can be used to detect brain injuries such as concussion and illness including dementia and stroke, as well as other neurological conditions. Current methods for examining brain function are often cumbersome, expensive, and time-consuming. Nurochek aims to surpass these challenges with a system that is portable and affordable as a means of supplementing the toolsets of physicians across a wide array of disciplines. The system is cloud-integrated for data storage and review.
In 1997 Dr Adrian Cohen created what is now Nurosafe, a non-profit organisation with a goal of spreading awareness and educating individuals, especially athletes, on the prevention of neck and spinal injuries. One of the organisation’s programs is Necksafe, which uses several unique training techniques and devices, including face to face and online training programs. Necksafe is for and used by physicians, paramedics, and Basic/Advanced Life Support as well as in sports such as rugby, Australian Rules football, football and other high impact sports. Necksafe provides practical instructions that anyone in an athletic or healthcare role can utilize Necksafe.com .
Nurosafe also offers Concussion Training, a program established in 1987 dedicated to the prevention of head injuries. Just like Necksafe, Concussion Training offers both face to face and online training programs which offer athletes and academics free resources to help them with acute management of head injuries at Concussion.Training .
Established by Dr Adrian Cohen in 2017 to develop Nurochek, HeadsafeIP Pty Ltd is dedicated to studying the Nurochek system’s capacity to assess brain function. Headsafe operates out of Sydney but has a US LLC, Headsafe Inc., and has established research partnerships in New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
In 2017 Adrian received entry into the HCF Catalyst Slingshot medical accelerator in Australia and was able to raise early-stage investor funds to commercialize the device and founded HeadsafeIP as the vehicle to take this concept forward.
Provisional and international PCT Patents were filed, logo and brand name trademarked and “Nurochek” was the product designed and developed to be mass-produced under a Quality Management System to the exacting ISO13485 Medical Device standard. This allows clearance and then sales into the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia by the relevant regulatory authorities, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CE Mark and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Since its inception, Headsafe has received a number of awards and accolades from Slingshot, Everything IoT, Cebit Australia, and many more.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr Adrian Cohen’s perspective on health and safety, be sure to visit his blog page.
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