Fourth Annual Brain Injury Conference Held in D.C.
Posted on Apr 23, 2014
Traumatic brain injuries have recently come to the forefront of medical science. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 1.7 million people in the US suffer from a TBI, making TBIs one of the United States top five worst injuries. Louisiana alone suffered approximately 15,000 TBI incidents over the past 10 years. This is why research into the prevention, awareness and treatment of TBIs has become increasingly important to the medical community. It’s also why an annual TBI conference has been established in order to bring together the nation’s leading experts to discuss and network their research and developments.
This year, Washington D.C. will be hosting the two-day event at the Arlington DoubleTree on April 16th and 17th.
One of the scientific co-organizers of the event, Andreas Jeromin, Ph.D., promised that this year's conference will “provide a unique forum for the latest developments of diagnostics and therapeutics in TBI and will outline future strategies."
TBI Discussion Topics
The individual 20 minute seminars, will revolve around three specific TBI topics.
- Clinical and preclinical development of new therapies for TBI.
- Advanced molecular, imaging and other diagnostics for better assessment and diagnoses of TBI.
- Research for the rehabilitation and outcomes of long-term effects following TBI.
Throughout the two day event, each topic will be thoroughly presented and discussed by over 30 of the most respected members of the TBI community; the first day alone has 19 scheduled presentations including:
- “An Introduction to the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan)” – Patrick Donohue, founder of The Sarah Jane Brain Project, will discuss the development of a universally standardized plan for the diagnoses, treatment and general care of pediatric brain injuries.
- “TBI-Related Dementia: The Differential Diagnosis of Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury” – A presentation about the different forms of chronic TBI as related to athletic injuries and how to accurately test for each form, led by Barry Jordan, MD, MPH, the Assistant Medical Director of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.
- “Circulating Biomarkers in the Diagnosis and Prognosis of Traumatic Brain Injury” – Frederick Korley, MD, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins, discusses the importance of accurately reading biomarkers when diagnosing TBI and how multi biomarker data can be used as a better approach to diagnosing and predicting future TBI effects.
The conference will also provide a forum for leading brain trauma experts to discuss ongoing treatments, developments and concerns with the TBI community. It’s their hope, as well as the hope of all TBI sufferers, that the conference will help encourage advanced treatments, awareness and prevention of brain injuries.
We wish the presenters good luck and hope the conference is a success, on behalf of all Louisiana TBI sufferers.
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