Recap: 11th Annual Conference on Brain Injury
The North American Brain Injury Society's 11th Annual Conference on Brain Injury was held Wednesday, September 18 through Saturday, September 21, 2013, at the Intercontinental Hotel in lively New Orleans, Louisiana.
On Wednesday, September 18, the event began with a pre-conference session. The pre-conference was organized by Dr. Barry Willer, Dr. John Leddy, and Dr. Jon Silver and its topic was Advanced Neuro Imaging. This session involved 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.
On Thursday, the plenary session began with presentations from leading national and international brain injury experts and award presentations. Among the presenters were Jonathan Silver, MD ("Effort, Exaggeration, and Malingering after Concussion: What are we missing"); Keith Cicerone, PhD ("Process and outcome of Holistic Neuropsychological Rehabilitation After TBI"); Jeffrey Kreutzer, PhD ("Resilience Post-TBI"); Barry Willer, PhD (Affect, Recognition, and Empathy"); and Gary Ulicny, PhD ("The State of Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Summit Update").
NABIS' 2013 Awards presented at the Plenary Session were:
Dr. Keith Cicerone was awarded the 2013 NABIS Research Award. (Pictured above; Left side)
Geoff Lauer was awarded the 2013 NABIS Public Policy Award (Pictured above; in center)
Jeffrey Kreutzer, PhD was awarded with the Innovations in Treatment Award. (Pictured above; in the center)
Ashgar Rezaei was awarded the 2013 Charles W. Haynes Young Investigator Award. (Pictured above; in the center)
In the evening, there was a Welcome Reception where attendees, speakers, and exhibitors were able to converse and enjoy refreshments.
Friday began with a breakfast session of peer reviewed posters. The conference then broke out into four tracks of presentations from invited speakers and peer reviewed abstract presenters. In the evening, there was an opportunity for conference attendees to interact with the invited faculty over wine and cheese at a "Meet the Experts" event.
On Saturday, the meeting continued with a second poster session. The morning sessions consisted of three concurrent tracks filled with invited speakers and peer reviewed abstracts. The day concluded with the Closing Plenary Session by Dr. Barry Willer involving Neuro Imaging.