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30th Neurotrauma 2012

Dec 21, 2014





2. Invitationfrom the PresidentNNS 2012 Theme: The Spectrum of Neurotrauma From pediatric TBI, blast brain injury and spinal cord injury management to translational medicine and neuro-rehabilitationDear Fellow Neurotrauma Researchers:On behalf of the National Neurotrauma Society (NNS), I like to warmly invite you to join us in celebrating the 30th Annual Symposium of theNational Neurotrauma Society, set at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona. This years three and a half day conference fromJuly 22-25, 2012 has 22 exciting sessions, including six parallel sessions that cover a balance of preclinical and clinical research so I promise thatthere will be something for everyone, regardless of your discipline.The theme of this years conference is The Spectrum of Neurotrauma - we will focus on several interlinked and topical issues in neurotrauma. Inthe TBI subarea, one of the understudied areas is pediatric brain injury, which will be featured in this conference. On the other hand, during thispast year, we continue to see an explosion of interests and publications in blast brain injury is it really different from classical TBI? How do youbest model it in animals? Do they mimic blast brain injury in humans? Regarding spinal cord injury (SCI), there will be a focused session on variousfunctional deficits and complications after SCI. In terms of neurotrauma management and treatment, we will provide state-of-the-art overviews ofthe utility of biomarkers and new MRI imaging technology, promising preclinical drug treatment and update of on-going clinical trials in TBI and SCI,including the two on-going progesterone trials. We will also cover the concept that neurotrauma is not only an acute medical problem, but canevolve into a chronic medical condition for the patients. Thus more sophisticated research and clinical tools in neuro-rehabilitation will be the key,as is the understanding of the molecular evolution from TBI to chronic neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers and Chronic TraumaticEncephalopathy (CTE). Lastly, we add a little global flavor by having several international speakers to talk about their TBI management experiencein their own countries.As for our popular Public Education/Outreach Event, this year it will be held at Melvin Cohen Educational Conference Center at the BarrowNeurological Institute at Phoenix Childrens Hospital. It will provide an overview of TBI/SCI, NNS research area across the nation and injuryprevention. Our target audience is physicians, nurses, allied health workers, athletic trainers, students, patients, families, and other interestedindividuals.The Conference venue is the magnificently built Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, known as the "Jewel of the Desert. It provides a restful oasis of 39acres covered with lush gardens, glistening swimming pools (8), including the famous Paradise Pool featuring private cabanas, a 92-foot waterslideand swim-up bar. These features should keep you cool and refreshed throughout your stay. Exploration-wise, the resort provides guided hikes,jeep tours and mountain bike rentals for excursions to the adjacent preserve and parks. For those who are even more adventurous, I highlyrecommend visiting the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is only a few hours of drive away. The hotel also provides air toursof Grand Canyon. Our Welcome Reception is Sunday, July 22 from 6 pm) please join your colleagues as the sun goes down for a Southwesternreception in the shadow of the mountains. Our Awards Ceremony Dinner is set for Tuesday, July 24. Please join me in a relaxing dinner and thencelebrate with your colleagues into the night.The members of the Program Committee, along with the members of the National Neurotrauma Society, look forward to welcoming you toPhoenix.We hope you to see you there!Dr. Kevin Wang, 2NNS 2012 President Page 3. Program Committee Kevin Wang, Ph.D., NNS President; Helen Bramlett, Ph.D., NNS ViceColeen Atkins, Ph.D., NNSUniversity of Florida President, University of Miami Secretary/Treasurer, University of Miami P. David Adelson, M.D., Ph.D.Phoenix Childrens HospitalRoss Bullock, Ph.D.University of Miami Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.University of MiamiJonathan Lifshitz, Ph.D.University of KentuckyGeoff Manley, Ph.D. University of California, San FranciscoMayumi Prins, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles Amy Wagner, Ph.D.University of PittsburghXiao Ming Xu, Ph.D. Indiana University3Page 4. Aboutthe National NeurotraumaSocietyWHO are National Neurotrauma Society Members?Membership in the organization is open to all scientists who are interested in conducting neurotrauma research.WHAT is the mission of the National Neurotrauma Society?The National Neurotrauma Society is committed to the promotion of neurotrauma research by enhancing communications, providing a forum, andincreasing support on the national and international level.WHERE is the National Neurotrauma Society headed?The central nervous system is unquestionably the most important organ of our body, and injury to the brain or spinal cord has devastatingconsequences. Research is beginning to unravel the complexities of the injured CNS and is opening new doors for scientists, clinicians, and patients.The National Neurotrauma Society seeks to accelerate research that will provide answers for clinicians and ultimately improve the treatmentsavailable to patients. The National Neurotrauma Society will continue to promote excellence in the field by providing opportunities for scientists,establishing standards in both basic and clinical research, encouraging and supporting research, and promoting liaisons with other organizationsthat influence the care and cure of neurotrauma victims.WHY should I join?As a member of the National Neurotrauma Society, you will receive: The opportunity to attend the Annual National Neurotrauma Society meetings at a substantially reduced price. This meeting is organizedby the Societys leaders and represents the best of neurotrauma research. Typical attendance is 500 at the National Meeting. Subscription to the Journal of Neurotrauma at a discounted price. This publication is dedicated to the aims of the National NeurotraumaSociety and provides a forum of rigorously peer-reviewed articles on the latest advances in the field. Updates on the activities of the Society and important meetings in the field, including the annual National Neurotrauma Society meetingand the bi-annual International Neurotrauma Symposium. Information and access to publications of the National Institutes of Health, funding sources, research and educational opportunities inthe field. Eligibility for travel and research awards developed by the Society for its membership.HOW can I join?Annual dues (January - December) are $195.00 which includes online and hard copy subscription to the Journal of Neurotrauma. Studentmembership is $50.00, which includes online subscription to the Journal of Neurotrauma. Members receive substantially reduced registration ratesto the annual symposium. To apply and pay for membership, visit the new member section of the Societys website at contact the National Neurotrauma Society Office at (352) 213-8656 with questions.4Page 5. Scientific Sessions5Page 6. Public EventDATE:July 24, 2012TIME:1:00 - 3:00 PMLOCATION: Melvin Cohen Educational Conference Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Childrens HospitalThe event will take place at the Melvin Cohen Educational Conference Center at Phoenix Childrens Hospital and is focused on physicians, nurses,allied health workers, athletic trainers, students, patients, families, and other interested individuals. Speakers will include experts in brain andspinal cord injury and injury prevention. The program will provide to the audience an overview of our understanding of head injury and concussion,severe injury to the brain and spinal cord. In addition, the role of the NNS and injury prevention programs like Think First will be highlighted to helpin our understanding of the work being done on improving outcomes. The event will be focused on physicians, nurses, allied health workers,athletic trainers, students, patients, families, and other interested individuals.Additional details will be available soon.Social EventsWelcome Reception - Sunday, July 22, 6:00 - 7:30 pmWelcome to Phoenix! Join your colleagues as the sun goes down for a Southwestern reception in the shadow of the mountains.Included with your registration fee. Dress is casual.WINTR Mentoring Program Monday, July 23, 5:30 7:30 pmJoin us for an evening of light dinner, laughter and discussion between protg and mentor. A great opportunity to network with leadingresearchers across the field or lend advice to hungry, aspiring Neurotrauma researchers! Open to all attendees. Membership in WiNTR notrequired. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance when you register for the conference (no onsite sales).Awards Ceremony & Dinner - Tuesday, July 24, Dinner 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Dancing 9:00 - 11:00pmJoin us to honor the top student finalists, WINTR VISA awardee, and announce the winners of the Student Competition. Then mix it up after theceremony and celebrate with your colleagues as we dance the night away! Included with your registration fee.Post-Conference Happy Hour, Wednesday, July 25, 6:00 8:00pm 6Informal post-conference gathering of attendees and guests in the main lobby of the hotel. Say farewell to friends and colleagues who are Pagedeparting on Wednesday evening, and enjoy a cocktail with those who are staying the night at the Biltmore. Non-sponsored event - attendees maycharge to their rooms. 7. RegistrationRates ANDCATEGORIESDelegate Registrations include:Free Conference Mobile AppDelegate Name BadgeDele