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Recap of 2015 NABIS 12th Annual Conference on Brain Injury


The North American Brain Injury Society's 12th Annual Conference on Brain Injury was held Wednesday, April 29 through Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.  The conference was a great success with over 400 multidisciplinary brain injury professionals from across North American and over 30 countries attending.  NABIS congratulates conference chair Dr. Jonathan Silver of NYU Medical School for organizing an outstanding event.

The event began on Wednesday, April 29 with two pre-conference workshops, the first of which was led by Jeffrey Kreutzer entitled Neuropsychology for non-neuropsychologists: A guide to evaluation, reporting, and treatment.  This was followed by an afternoon workshop entitled Neuropsychiatry of TBI presented by Drs. David Arciniegas, Thomas W. McAllister and Jonathan Silver.

The main conference opened on Thursday with the presentation of three awards, the NABIS Research Award to Dr. Thomas W. McAllister, the NABIS Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Robert Voogt, and the Charles W Haynes Young Professional Award to Dr. Tamerah Hunt.  This was followed by plenary presentations entitled The Nature, Evolution, and Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders Following TBI by Dr. Jennie Ponsford, Post Traumatic Headache Assessment: Caveats on the history and physical exam by Nathan Zasler, Brain Injury and Sports by Thomas McAllister, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness after a TBI by David Seaton.  A TBI case study discussion panel followed that included Drs. Alan Weintraub, David Arciniegas, Harvey E. Jacobs, Brent Masel and David Seaton.  The last plenary of the day featured Dr. Tamerah Hunt, with a presentation entitled Socioeconomic Status: A Confounder for Computerized Neuropsychological Test Scores in Adolescent Athletes.


Friday opened with a well-attended Poster Session during an extended breakfast.  Dr. Jeffrey Kreutzer delivered the first plenary of the day, The Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI): An empirically-based, skill-building, educational, and psychological support approach to helping families recover.  The conference then divided into three concurrent sessions focusing on imaging in mTBI, community issues and clinical rehabilitation.  After the morning break, the concurrent sessions continued with sessions on imaging in children and public health. In the afternoon, a variety of concurrent sessions focused on a range of topics, including optometric vision care, biomechanics, basic science, evaluation of concussion, pharmacologic treatment of irritability and aggression, and trends in neurotrauma.  Mark Sherer delivered the closing plenary of the day, with a talk entitled Key Dimensions of Cognitive Functioning, Self-reported Strengths and Problems, and Environmental Supports that Affect Outcome in the Post-Acute Period after TBI.

The final day of the conference began with a Sunrise Session of accepted abstracts, which was followed by concurrent sessions on depression and fatigue, pharmacological treatment of post-TBI mood disorders, fatigue and sleep disturbance and concussion management in the military setting.  The conference concluded with lively case study debate featuring Marilyn Kraus John Leddy Thomas W. McAllister Jennie Ponsford and Nathan Zasler, with Alan Weintraub serving as the moderator.

NABIS would like to congratulate Dr. Ronald Savage who also received the Robert D. Voogt NABIS Founders Award in a closed meeting at the conference. NABIS would like to thank all of the speakers, planners, and attendees for making this year's meeting such a success.  Plans are already underway for the 2016 conference, schedule to take place April 6-9, 2016, at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa, Florida.