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NABIS 10th Conference on Brain Injury Recap

The North American Brain Injury Society's 10th Annual Conference on Brain Injury was held Wednesday, September 12 through Saturday, September 15, 2012, at the Intercontinental Hotel in sunny Miami, Florida. 
On Wednesday, September 12, the event began with two pre-conference sessions.  The first was organized by Dr. Gillian Hotz of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, entitled "Perspectives in Pediatric Brain Injury". Topics covered a wide range of information including: Prevention of Pediatric Brain Injury, Challenges of Pediatric Brain Injuries, Tools for TBI Assessment, School and Transition After Brain Injury, and much more.  The second pre-conference was organized by Dr. Tina Trudel and was entitled "Neurotoxic Exposure".  This session covered assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, litigation and life care planning of neurotoxic exposure cases. 
On Thursday, the plenary session began with presentations from leading national and international brain injury experts and award presentations.  Among the presenters were Alan Weintraub ("TBI Rehabilitation: State of the Art"), Joseph Wu ("PET and MRI DTI Assessment of Brain Injury"),  Barry Willer ("mTBI"), Beth Wicks ("Pediatric/Adolescent"), Steven Flanagan ("Brain Injury, Health, and Aging"), Jeffrey Barth (Sports Concussion), and Joshua Dyer ("A Randomized Controlled Trial of In-Person and Telephone Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Major Depression after TBI").  NABIS' 2012 Awards were presented later in the afternoon, including: 

2012 Advocacy Award
Barbara Geiger-Parker

2012 Research Award
Barry Willer, PhD

2012 Innovative Clinical Treatment
Gillian Hotz, PhD

2012 Charles W. Haynes Young Investigator Award
Joshua Dyer, PhD

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.  The tracks covered were Medical, Research, Lifelong Living, and Pediatric/Adolescent.  Lively panel discussions addressed Mild TBI and and Blast Injury.  Additional topics discussed throughout the day involved Public Policy, Neurotoxicity, Improving Outcomes, Concussion Management and Changing the Culture in High School Sports.  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.  Talks later in the morning covered Biomechanical Asessment, Vision Issues in TBI, Nuts and Bolts in Advocacy, Adolescent Transition and Adaptive Technology. The meeting concluded with a post-conference workshop entitled "Pediatric Neurocognitive Assessment" organized by Drs. Gillian Hotz and Elena Plante. 
The presentations from the 10th Annual Conference on Brain Injury are now available.  Please click on the following links to see the presentations from the Invited Speakers and Abstract Oral Presenters:


NABIS would like to thank all of the speakers, planners, and attendees for making this year's meeting such a success.  We will soon have a photo album posted associated with this event.  Details on 2013 NABIS Conference will be posted on this website in the coming months.