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12th Annual NABIS Conference on Brain Injury



The Westin Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
April 29 - May 2, 2015


Scientific Chair: Jonathan Silver, MD
New York University School of Medicine

Abstract Submission Chair: Mariusz Ziejewski, PhD
North Dakota State University


The 12th Annual Conference on Brain Injury was held April 29-May 2, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas.  Over 400 brain injury professionals attended this three day multidisciplinary event.  For a summary of this meeting, click here.  

To view the list of final program and invited speakers, click here

To view the list of accepted abstracts sorted by title, click here

To view the list of accepted abstracts sorted by submission category, click here

To view the abstracts published in JHTR, please click here


Save the date for the 13th Annual Conference on Brain Injury, scheduled to take place April 6-9, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Tampa Bay!  Details will be posted on this website as they become available.



Conference Overview
Preliminary Program
Scientific Planning Committee
Continuing Education Credits
Hotel Accommodations
Charles W. Haynes Fellowship
Exhibits and Support



The Conference took place at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in the charming city of San Antonio, Texas. The Westin is located directly on the world famous San Antonio Riverwalk, the number one tourist attraction in Texas. The Riverwalk is a verdant oasis of cypress-lined paths, arched stone bridges and lush landscapes. It gently winds through the city center providing visitors with an array of restaurant options and easy access to San Antionio’s cultural attractions, including of course the famed Alamo! Ride a river cruiser, rent a bike or take your time seeing the sights of the 15 miles of sidewalks and paths on foot!

NABIS reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate for conference attendees.  Room rates are as follows: City Side single or double, $199 per night; River Side single or double, $219 per night.  The deadline for reserving at this rate was March 29,2015.

4/1/15 update: Our room block at the Westin Riverwalk is almost full.  If you are unable to get a reservation, below are other hotel options: 

  • Hotel Contessa (across the street): Call 210.229.9222 or click here.  
  • Homewood Suites (next door):  Call 210.222.1515 or click here.  
  • Drury Inn: Call 210.212.5200 or click here.  
  • Menger Hotel:  Call (210) 223-4361 or click here.  



The North American Brain Injury Society is pleased to announce that the 12th Annual Conference on Brain Injury will be held April 29-May 2, 2015, at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

This conference is designed to present the latest scientific and clinical advances in the area of brain injury. Emphasis will be placed on a multidisciplinary approach in the management of patients with brain injury from acute care through to community re-entry and beyond.

An internationally recognized faculty will present on a broad range of brain injury topics relating to the development of effective treatment interventions and restoring persons with brain injury to optimal levels of functioning. In addition to the myriad of invited talks from luminaries in the field, participants will have opportunity to present their work through the Call for Abstracts process. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation and presented as oral sessions, panels and scientific posters.

At the conclusion of the Conference, attendees will be able to:

  • Support research activities so as to increase knowledge and understanding about causes and consequences of brain injury and effective treatment interventions.
  • Support and encourage rehabilitation programs and other measures that are critically necessary to restoring persons with brain injury to optimal levels of functioning.
  • Conduct and coordinate educational programs and training activities that disseminate contemporary information about brain injury, its consequences, and possible prevention.



This year's Pre-Conferrence featured two special half-day Pre-Conference Sessions on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.  The first, entitled "Neuropsychology for Non-Neuropsychologists:  A Guide to Evaluation, Reporting, and Treatment" will be led by Jeffrey Kreutzer, PhD.  The second, entitled "Neuropsychiatry of Traumatic Brain Injury" will be presened by a panel of experts including David Arciniegas, MD, Marilyn Kraus, MD, Thomas MacAllister, MD, and Jonathan Silver, MD. 


The conference program will feature a faculty of internationally recognized speakers who will present on a range of topics relevant to all mutidisciplinary professionals working in the field of brain injury.  Confirmed speakers to date are listed below.  Click on the presenters name for presentation titles and biographical information.

Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Veterans Affairs
State University of New York/State College of Optometry
Indiana University School of Medicine
Private Practice
Ricardo Jorge, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine
Marilyn F. Kraus, MD
Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital
Virginia Commonwealth University
University at Buffalo School of Medicine 
Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Transitional Learning Center
Thomas McAllister, MD
Indiana University, School of Medicine, Deparment of Psychiatry
Indiana University School of Medicine
Monash University, Australia
New York University School of Medicine/VA New York Harbor Healthcare System
LiveOak Living Community
TIRR Memorial Hermann
New York University School of Medicine
Alan Weintraub, MD
Craig Hospital
Elisabeth Wilde, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine
University of Buffalo
CommunityWorks, Inc.
Concussion Care Center of Virginia



Scientific Chair
Jonathan Silver, MD
New York University School of Medicine

Abstract Submission Chair

Mariusz Ziejewski, PhD
North Dakota State University

Committee Members 
David Arciniegas, MD 
Baylor College of Medicine

Heather Belanger, PhD 
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital

Erin D. Bigler, PhD 
Brigham Young University

Debra Braunling-McMorrow, PhD 
Learning Services

Lisa Brenner, PhD 
Denver School of Medicine

Anthony Feinstein, MPhil, PhD, FRCP 
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Steven Flanagan, MD 
New York University School of Medicine

Gerard E. Francisco, MD 
University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Flora Hammond, MD  
Indiana University School of Medicine

Michael Jaffe, MD  
University of Virginia 

Ricardo Jorge, MD 
Baylor College of Medicine

Ivan Kirov, PhD 
New York University School of Medicine

Jeffrey Kreutzer, PhD 
Virginia Commonwealth University

Michael L. Lipton, MD, PhD 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

James F. Malec, PhD 
Indiana University School of Medicine

Michael F. Martellli, PhD  
Rehabilitation & Health Neuropsychology

Thomas W. McAllister, MD  
Indiana University School of Medicine

Michael McCrea, MD  
Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee

Gregory J. O'Shanick, MD 
Center for Neurorehabilitation Services

Jennie Ponsford, PhD  
Monash University

George P. Prigatano, PhD 
Barrow Neurological Institute

Ronald Ruff, PhD 
San Francisco Clinical Neurosciences

Ronald Savage, EdD 
Private Practice

Tina M. Trudel, PhD 
Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Centers

Rodney D. Vanderploeg, PhD 
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital

George J. Vuturo RPh, PhD
Professional Education Services Group

Alan Weintraub, MD  
Craig Hospital

Barry Willer, PhD 
University of Buffalo

Ross Zafonte, DO  
Harvard Medical School

Nathan Zasler, MD 
Concussion Care Centre of Virginia




Registration is now closed.  Meeting rates started as low as $520.  Additionally, there is a special trainee rate, a special military/government worker rate, and a special group rate for attending the NABIS Conference. 

 Mailing Payments:  Checks should be payable to NABIS. Mail payments to: NABIS, PO Box 1804, Alexandria, VA 22313



Education Objectives for the 12th Annual NABIS Conference on Brain Injury are:

  • Educational Objectives: As a result of attending the conference, each participant will be able to apply information obtained through their participation within their daily roles and responsibilities:
  • First Educational Objective: Specify new developments in health care and rehabilitation financing and service delivery that directly affect the services and supports that they provide to people with disability following acquired brain injury with resultant identification of how this information changes their services and supports.
  • Second Educational Objective: List at least two new treatment techniques (or advances in existing treatment approaches) they learned about at the conference and explain how they are incorporating this information in their own work and services.
  • Third Educational Objective: Explain the unique needs of returning wounded warriors relative to sustained injuries and long term needs; identifying how their own services and programs may or may not be able to meet these needs.

Professional Education Services Group (PESG) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. This live activity has been planned and developed in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the sponsorship of Professional Education Services Group (PESG).  

PESG designates this live CME activity for a maximum of 21.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Nurse CE is provided for this program through collaboration between PHA and Professional Education Services Group (PESG). Professional Education Services Group is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides a maximum of 21.50 contact hours of nurse CE credit. 

This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to Certified Case Managers (CCMs). A maximum of 21.50 clock hours have been approved.

The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) has approved the 11th Annual Conference on Brain Injury for a maximum of 21.50 clock hours.

This Conference is approved for up to 21.50 hours of continuing education.  APA Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA Division 22 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

For the purpose of recertification, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Occupational Therapists may receive a maximum of 21.50 hours for completing this live program.

Physical Therapists will be provided a certificate of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physical Therapists may receive a maximum of 21.50 hours for completing this live program.

This course is offered for 2.10 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area). Click here to view the disclosure information for the faculty members.

Social Workers
Application has been made to the National Association of Social Workers for Social Worker continuing education credit. This activity will provide a maximum of 21.5 contact hours. Social Workers may claim credit and receive a NASW CE certificate after May 15 2015.

A Certificate of Attendance will be given to other participants who access the CE system listed below and fill out the evaluations of sessions attended.  SEE HOW TO BELOW UNDER: Claiming CE Credit.


  1. Go to URL:
  2. Select the April 2015 NABIS Annual Conference
  3. This will take you to the log in page. Please enter the E-mail address and Last Name. Click go!
  4. Verify, correct, or add your information AND select your accreditation(s). Click Submit.
  5. Click and complete each session evaluation you attended
  6. Repeat this process for all session you attended.
  7. When you are done evaluating all sessions, click on Submit
  8. Click on Certificate(s)
  9. Choose either Print Now to instantly generate a PDF of your certificate, or you may choose to email your certificate.
  10. The website is open for completing evaluations and ordering the initial certificate until 7/2/2015.
  11. After the website has closed on July 2nd, you can come back to the site at any time to print a copy your certificate, but you will not be able to add any evaluations.


  • If you have problems with claiming your certificate, we recommend not using Internte Explorer.  If you have difficulty obtaining your certificate, please use either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
  • If you are a Speech Language Professional, and are seeking ASHA CE credit, please be aware that you have ONLY until June 2, 2015 (30 days) to claim your credit. After that period, you will not be able to claim your credit in any form. We recommend that Speech Language Professionals claim their credit as soon as possible.



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.



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, a free general registration at 2015 NABIS 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.

To be considered for this award, applicants must notify Megan Bell ( with copies of their bio, a recommendation letter, and their CV. Additionally, an abstract on their research must have been submitted to the NABIS abstract system.  



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. If you are interested in exhibit space or support opportunities, please click here to download the prospectus or please email Megan Bell at

For information on exhibiting, click here


The abstract submission portal is now closed!  The following categories were allowed for this year's abstract submission:

  • Neurorehabilitation - activities and participation
  • Neurorehabilitation - basic research
  • Neurorehabilitation - case report/clinical research
  • Neurorehabilitation - public policy
  • Neurotrauma - basic research
  • Neurotrauma - case report/clinical research
  • Neurotrauma - health services and outcomes
  • Neurotrauma - prevention and public health
  • Technology - basic research
  • Technology - clinical research/applications


All submitted abstracts went through a peer review process. Abstract submitters will receive acceptance or nonacceptance notifications in March.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Accepted abstracts will be presented as an oral presentation or as a poster presentation, as determined by the Scientific Planning Committee.



Call 703.960.6500 (Alexandria, VA office) or 713.526.6900 (Houston, TX office).