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North American Brain Injury Society 11th Annual Conference on Brain Injury


The InterContinental Hotel New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
September 18 - 21, 2013




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The 2013 NABIS conference planning committee, led by Tina Trudel, PhD,  has developed an integrated four-day educational program that promises to be of interest to researchers, clinicians, administrators, and other brain injury professionals.  

This year's topics include Episodic Dyscontrol; Resilence Post-TBI; Pediatric Neuropsychology; Post-traumatic Headache; Models for Family Therapy Post-TBI; mTBI and Suicidal Ideation; New Developments in Understanding the Mechanism of Blast Related TBI; Clinical Practice Guidelines on Disorders of Consciousness; Advanced Therapies Capitalizing on Neuroplasticity; Cultural Issues in BI Rehabilitation; and much more.  Additionally, there will be Panel discussions on Neuro Imaging and Healthcare Reform.
Prior to the start of the general meeting, there will be a Pre-Conference Workshop on Advanced Neuro Imaging which is co-chaired by Jonathan Silver, MD, John Leddy, MD, and Barry Willer, PhD. 


H. Richard Adams, MD
David Anders, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIST
Rachel Atkins, DPT
Keith Cicerone, PhD
David Demarest, PhD
Matthew Dodson, OTD
Mary Lee Esty, PhD
Alan Finkel, MD
Tom Gennarelli, MD
Robin A. Hurley, MD, FANPA
James P. Kelly MA, MD, FAAN
Denise Krch, PhD
Jeffrey Kreutzer, PhD
Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD
John Leddy, MD
Anthony Lequerica, PhD
Christina Lighthill, MOT
Christine MacDonell
Brent Masel, MD
Tom Novack, PhD
Paul Polak, MASc
Scott Porter, PhD
John Poole, PhD
Asghar Rezaei
Jonathan Silver, MD
Leslie Small, MEd
Tina Trudel, PhD
Gary Ulicny, PhD
Rodney Vanderploeg, PhD
Susan Vaughn
Dave Wack, PhD
Barry Willer, PhD
Hal S. Wortzel, MD
Mariusz Ziejewski, PhD


Some of the topics which will be discussed during the plenary session on the first day of the conference are:  Effort, Exaggeration, and Malingering after Concussion; Process and Outcome of Holistic Neuropsychological Rehabiliation; State of Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Summit Update;  Episodic Dyscontrol; and Resilence Post-TBI. 
Within the breakout sessions, some of the topics will include:  Pediatric Neuropsychology; Post-traumatic Headache; Models for Family Therapy Post-TBI; mTBI and Suicidal Ideation; Neurotherapy; Trancranial Magnetic Stimulation; NIDRR Update; Sleep and Brain Injury; NASHIA and State issues in Brain Injury Services; Acute and Long Term Clinical Issues in Disorders of Consciousness; and Advanced Therapies Capitalizing on Neuroplasticity.
Panel discussions at the meeting will include  Healthcare Reform Panel and Neuro Imaging Panel. 


This year's Pre-Conference Workshop will take place on September 18, 2013 and will focus on Advanced Neuro Imaging. This Pre-Conference Workshop is organized by Jonathan Silver, MD, John Leddy, MD, and Barry Willer, PhD.
This half-day workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the alphabet soup of advanced imaging: MRI, Voxels, DWI, DTI, MRS, SWI, fMRI, BOLD and PET.  These approaches to imaging have been used primarily in research on the neural substrates of various cognitive functions.  Participants will be provided with some general information on the use of each approach and the types of research questions addressed. The theoretical underpinnings of each approach will be highlighted.  Participants will also get an introduction to some of the most useful recent findings on brain function and brain injury that are based on advanced imaging technology.  Whether in the clinic or the courtroom, we all stand to benefit from the research findings advanced imaging will provide.  However, we are still in the early stages of using advanced imaging successfully with individual patients.  The workshop will include detailed discussion with clinical experts of the applicability of advanced imaging for clinical and forensic decision making.


head trauma rehabilitation poster
All abstract submittees will be will receive acceptance letters or nonacceptance letters by mid-July 2013.  All accepted abstracts will be published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.    

All accepted abstracts will either be presented during an oral presentation or poster presentation. 
For more information on the accepted abstracts, click here
For frequently asked frequently asked questions for poster and oral presenters, please click here



Certificate of Attendance will be given to participants who sign in each day that they attend.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and The North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS).  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



 This course is offered for 1.65 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional area). 

In order to comply with ASHA CEU standards, NABIS is require to disclose the following conflicts  (click here) and speakers who have not submitted disclosure forms to date (click here). If disclosure forms are not received from these speakers, ASHA will not be able to award credit for these sessions.

Click here
for the list of speakers who have no conflict of interest. 


This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification toprovide continuing education credit to Certified Case Managers (CCMs). 17.50 clock hours have been approved.

For CRCC: 

The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certication (CRCC) has approved the 11th Annual Conference on Brain Injury for 15.75 clock hours.


For National Association of Social Workers:
This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886640213-2216) for 17.5 Social Work continuing education contact hours. 




All registered conference attendees are invited to participate in the Joint Meeting Job Fair at this year's conference at no extra charge. The job fair is being held in light of the challenging economic times and NABIS' mission to promote the development and success of professionals who serve individuals with disability following brain injury.
TO POST A JOB OPENING, please bring five copies of each job announcement (multiple announcements are welcome) to post on conference job board near the registration desk. Each announcement must be printed single-sided on 8 ½ by 11 inch paper. Announcements will be listed according to the type of position being offered. Please be sure to include the job title, the name of your company / organization, a brief description of the position, who to contact during the conference about the position (including appropriate cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses), and who to contact post-conference.
IF YOU ARE SEEKING A JOB, please bring five copies of your full curriculum vitae or resume, each copy individually stapled and three-hole punched to the conference registration table. An optional one-page brief biographical sketch to summarize your interests and experiences is also recommended. Be sure to indicate the type(s) of position(s) you are seeking. These materials will be placed on the Job board near the registration deks for prospective employers to review. Be sure to include appropriate contact information on each document.


The Conference will take place at the beautiful InterContinental Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The InterContinental is located on St. Charles Street in the heart of New Orleans.  The hotel is situated just two blocks from the historic French Quarter and six blocks from the river. 
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NABIS has established the Charles W. Haynes Fellowship. The fellowship recognizes promising new professionals that best promote the NABIS mission of advancing brain injury services and treatment through clinical, research and/or policy initiatives. The Fellowship recipient will receive a cash award, will receive a free registration at this year's NABIS general conference, will be formally recognized to the full body of the conference, and will present his / her work at a specially recognized session during the general conference.
The Haynes Fellowship winner was chosen-- Asghar Rezaei .


This conference offers a variety of unprecedented exhibit and support options for companies wishing to market their services to our conference attendees. Don't miss this opportunity to meet face-to-face with the decision makers who are shaping the field of brain injury.
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Susan Bartlett
Debra Braunling-McMorrow
Pamela Dandridge
Brian Greenwald
Charles Haynes
John Leddy
Margaret Roberts
Ronald Savage
Jonathan Silver
Tina Trudel (Program Chair)
Barry Willer
Mariusz Ziejewski (NABIS & Abstract Chair)

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