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10th Annual Conference on Brain Injury


Miami InterContinental Hotel
Miami, Florida
September 12 - 15, 2012


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Meeting Summary

Speaker Presentations

Peer Review Presentations

2012 Preliminary Program

Invited Speakers  

Featured Speakers and Topics 

Pre-Conference Session 1: Perspectives in Pediatric Brain Injury

Pre-Conference Session 2: Neurotoxic Exposure 

Blast Injury Sessions  

Post-Conference

Educational Credits

Hotel and Accomodation 

Scholarships 

Exhibiting and Sponsorship 

Registration

Concurrent Legal Meeting

 

MAIN CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

 

The 2012 NABIS conference planning committee has developed an integrated educational program that promises to be of interest to researchers, clinicians, administrators, and other brain injury professionals.  

The conference will be a four-day, multi-track event that will cover a wide range of brain injury topics including medical best practices, rehabilitation, research, life-long living, pediatrics, and advocacy.  This year NABIS is pleased to present focused sessions on the use of technology in neuro-rehabilitation, mild TBI, as well as special sessions on blast injury, neurotoxicity, the latest in neuropsychological testing, educating students with brain injury and much more!

To view the 2012 Preliminary Program,  click here.

(Click here to download a printable version).

 

 INVITED SPEAKERS

The conference planning committee has assembled an internationally recognized faculty of over 40 brain injury experts from the United States, Canada and Europe.  To view the list of confirmed speakers to date, click here.

 

FEATURED SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

This year's conference will feature national leaders expanding our understanding of the complex world of mild TBI, through a comprehensive panel discussion moderated by Dr. Alan Weintraub, Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program at Craig Hospital and for the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury System.  Dr. Weintraub is also an Asst. Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  The esteemed panel includes plenary speaker Dr. Barry Willer, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and NABIS Board Members; plenary speaker Dr. Jeffrey T. Barth, John Edward Fowler Professor and Director of the Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Institute at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Senior Scientist at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center - Charlottesville and member of the NFL Players Association Concussion Committee; and Dr. Brian D. Greenwald, Asst. Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Medical Director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation at Mt. Sinai Rehabilitation Center, Co-Project Director of the NY TBI Model Systems and NABIS Board Member.  The panel will address diagnostic and prognostic questions and the current issues of mild TBI in athletes and military veterans.

 

JR Rizzo, MD, Administrative Chief Resident at NYU will be presenting a cutting edge discussion on visuomotor integration and eye-hand coordination for functional vision rehabilitation (FVR) at the NABIS annual meeting.  Dr. Rizzo is a recent Physician Scientist Training Program Awardee through NYU where he will be serving as a Research Fellow.  We are pleased to have this PM&R physician presenting his focused work on motor planning and motor recovery in brain injury rehabilitation.  

 

Marcia J. Scherer, PhD, MPH, President of the Institute for Matching Person & Technology will be speaking at NABIS.  Dr. Scherer is also Project Director, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Rochester Medical Center.  She is a past member of the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, U.S. National Institutes of Health, and Editor of the journal Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. Dr. Scherer is a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Psychological Association.  She is author of the 2012 book, Assistive Technologies and Other Supports for People With Brain Impairment and will be discussing highlights of her book and decades of clinical and research expertise at the 2012 NABIS annual meeting in Sept. 13-15 in Miami, FL.

 

Beth Wicks, PhD, will be speaking at NABIS during the Adolescent/Pediatric Plenary Session.  Professor Beth Wicks is an Education and Rehabilitation Consultant, specializing in acquired brain injuries in children, adolescents and young adults. She has been involved in research regarding school difficulties following acquired brain injuries, speaks regularly at national and international conferences, and has written or contributed to many publications. 

 

Mariusz Ziejewski, PhD,  will discuss at the NABIS Conference new developments, based on our military research work on traumatic brain injury (TBI), that provides a better understanding of brain dynamics and further explains the risk factors associated with brain injury.

 

Tina Trudel, PhD, will provide an overview of the potential benefits and pitfalls in neuropsychological evaluation after brain injury and related conditions, addressing issues such as validity, standardization, base rates and norms, while highlighting common problems and best practices, at the NABIS conference.

 

Chris MacDonell, CARF’s Managing Director for Rehabilitation, will present the latest standards for CARF's program accreditation at the NABIS annual conference.  

 

To view the list of confirmed speakers to date, click here.

 

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION 1: PERSPECTIVES IN PEDIATRIC BRAIN INJURY

New this year, NABIS is pleased to partner with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to offer a special Pre-Conference educational day on pediatric brain injury. Presented jointly by NABIS and the KiDZ Neuroscience Center, Department of Neurosurgery & The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  To view the program for this special session, click here.   

 

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION 2:  NEUROTOXIC EXPOSURE

This year there will be a second Pre-Conference Day that will address Neurotoxic Exposure with presentations from leading medical, neuropsychological, life care planning and legal experts.  This workshop willl discuss the types, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, litigation and life care planning of neurotoxic exposure cases, which will be highlighted by current research and in-depth case reviews. For more information on this pre-conference, click here


BLAST INJURY INSTITUTE SESSIONS

Incorporated into the main conference will be focused sessions addressing the critical and growing issue of blast injury and TBI.  The highlight of these sessions will be a one half day discussion panel for professionals working with blast induced brain injured military and non-military personnel.

Goals of the panel discussion will focus on providing information to teach and enable professionals to: 

  1. Understand the general physics of blast induced injuries
  2. Understand the recent research on the issue of symptoms from blast versus non-blast TBI
  3. Understand the current research and rehabilitation issues involved with blast injuries, and
  4. Review of The Brain Injury Screening Questionnaire.

 

POST-CONFERENCE

The Post-Conference will provide an overview of neurocognitive deficits seen in  children recovering from brain injury. The Co-Authors of the Pediatric Test of Brain Injury (PTBI) will present the PTBI as a new kind of test, review the theoretical background and rationale, test development, administration, and scoring.  A case example will be presented. 

The objectives will be:

1. To describe the neurocognitive issues following pediatric brain injury
2. To discuss the development, analysis and scoring of the Pediatric Test of Brain Injury
3. To present a case example of a child recovering from traumatic brain injury. 

 

EDUCATIONAL CREDITS

Occupational Therapists/Physical Therapists: 
This conference is approved for 15.8 CEH’s or 1.58 CEU’s, by the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, an approved provider of CEH’s for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants by the APTA and occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants by the FBOTP.  

 Audiologists, Speech-language Pathologists, and Speech, Language, and Hearing Scientists

This Conference has been approved for 1.45 CEU’S

Physicians: 
ACCREDITATION:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS). The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

 CREDIT HOURS:
The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 23.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 DISCLOSURE AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST RESOLUTION:
All conflicts of interest of any individual(s) in a position to control the content of this CME activity will be identified and resolved prior to this educational activity being provided. Disclosure about provider and faculty relationships, or the lack thereof, will be provided to learners.

Case Managers: 
This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM board certified case managers.  The course is approved for 25 CE contact hour(s).

Psychologists:

ACCREDITATION:

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

CREDIT HOURS:

The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 23.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine maintains the responsibility for this program and its content. 23.75 CE Credits will be awarded to psychologists for attendance at this conference.

 

DISCLOSURE AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST RESOLUTION:

All conflicts of interest of any individual(s) in a position to control the content of this CME activity will be identified and resolved prior to this educational activity being provided. Disclosure about provider and faculty relationships, or the lack thereof, will be provided to learners.

 

Planning Committee Disclosure Forms

 

Social Work & Nursing:
Crossroads Counseling Center (Parent Company:  Grief Works, Inc.), will be giving creditation for
Social Work and Nursing.

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 

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Abstract submission closed. All accepted abstracts for the NABIS Tenth Annual Conference on Brain Injury will be published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation

The May 15th deadline has now passed.  Thank you to all those who submitted abstracts; the turnout this year was excellent with a record number of submissions. All abstracts are currently being reviewed and submitters will be notified in due course.

The outcome of the 2012 Call for Abstracts has been announced. 

Poster presenters click here for additional information.

Oral presenters click here for additional information. 

 

 

FREE JOB FAIR

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 the conference registration table.  They will be posted on the Job Announcement Board.  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 in binders for prospective employers to review.  Be sure to include appropriate contact information on each document.

 

HOTEL AND ACCOMMODATION

The Conference will take place at the beautiful InterContinental Hotel in sunny Miami, Florida. Offering stunning views of the beautiful Biscayne Bay, this formidable hotel places you in the epicenter of Miami's pulsing nightlife, brilliant white-sand beaches, and sizzling culture. Immerse yourself in the height of cosmopolitan style -- only minutes from South Beach and the Art Deco District, the Port of Miami, the Miami Design District, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables.

To reserve your room at the InterContinental Miami, you can call and make a reservation or reserve your room through our dedicated website.  To make a reservation by phone, call the hotel at 1-800-327-3005 and use the group code KCZ or mention the 10th Brain Injury & 25th Med Legal Conference.  To make a reservation through the internet, click here.  

Parking fees at the hotel are $36/overnight and $15/daily. 

If you are unable to reserve a hotel room for the days you plan on being in Miami, please contact us at 703-960-6500 or 713-526-6900.

 

CHARLES W HAYNES FELLOWSHIP

Thanks to a generous grant from the Seaton Foundation, 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.  Application to be posted shortly.

 

TORAL FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Thanks to tthe Toral Family Foundation there is three scholarships to attend the 10th Annual North American Brain Injury Society Medical Conference on September 12 - 15, 2012.  These scholarships are for qualified healthcare professionals who are interested in advancing their knowledge of brain injury-related topics. For more information on the scholarship, click here .

 

EXHIBITING AND SUPPORT INFORMATION

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. 

 

To view a current copy of the exhibit and support prospectus, please click here.  To reserve your exhibit space or to discuss support opportunities, contact Megan Bell at 713 526-6900, or  email mbell@nabis.org

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

On-line registration is open!  Click here to register!

Conference Only
$495.00 - NABIS Member Rate
$595.00 - Non-Member Rate
$275.00 - Trainee Rate (documentation of bonafide training program required on-site)

Conference Plus Pre-Conference
$555.00 - NABIS Member Rate
$650.00 - Non-Member Rate
$295.00 - Trainee Rate (documentation of bonafide training program required on-site)

Pre-Conference Only
$175.00 - Optional Pre-Conference Session (Neurotoxic Exposure Day or Pediatric Day)
$95.00 - Optional Pre-Conference Session (Student/Trainee Rate) (Neurotoxic Exposure Day or Pediatric Day)

 

If you plan on going to the Post-Conference workshop, there will be no additional charge to attend if you register to attended the Conference.   

 

CLICK HERE TO GET A PAPER REGISTRATION FORM!!

 

IF YOU NEED OUR W-9 FORM, PLEASE CLICK TO GET A COPY!

 

If you have registration questions, please email Monica Rodgers at mrodgers@nabis.org.  


Questions? Email us at conference@nabis.org!

 

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