An insight into the life of someone who's suffered a traumatic brain injury

James Piercy was involved in a serious road accident on 30th January 2011. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and spent nearly two months in hospital including time at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), Addenbrookes and the Colman Hospital in Norwich. Now, almost fully recovered, James will be telling his story and hopes that others can learn from his experience.

James’ talk entitled “What’s going on inside his head?” will be taking place on Wednesday 13th February at 8.00pm in the Benjamin Gooch Lecture Theatre, Level 1, East Atrium at the NNUH.

During this talk James will take you on a journey which promised to be funny, shocking and sometimes emotional experience. There will also be a chance to find out about the monitoring and treatment of head injury, just how much we really know about our brains and the impact of this 'hidden disability'.

James Piercy who is the Science Communicator for Science Made Simple Ltd (East) said “my head injury was classed as “very severe” and my recovery has been described as 'phenomenal'. I owe my life to a lot of people, some great science and more than a little luck”.

Emma Jarvis, NNUH, Hospital Arts Project Co-ordinator said “James is a very inspirational person and his talk will be interesting to anyone who has an interest in health or knows someone who or has been affected by a brain injury themselves”

“What's going on in his head?” is part of the NNUH Hospitals Arts Project and supported by The Wellcome Trust. This talk is free to anyone who would like to attend. To read James' blog go to

Notes for editors

Stats courtesy of Headway the head injury charity:
• Each year an estimated 1 million people attend hospital A&E in the UK following head injury.
• Of these, around 135,000 people are admitted to hospital each year as a consequence of brain injury
• It is estimated that across the UK there are around 500,000 people (aged 16 – 74) living with long term disabilities as a result of traumatic brain injury
• Approximately 85% of traumatic brain injuries are classified as minor, 10% as moderate and 5% as severe

Monday 4th of February 2013 10:00:30 AM