The abstract submission site for the Tenth World Congress on Brain Injury is now open. The deadline for abstract submissions is October 11, 2013. To submit an abstract, click here.
Abstracts will be reviewed by the Congress’s International Scientific Committee, which will determine the most appropriate presentation format (oral presentation or poster) for each abstract accepted.
The 2014 abstract submission categories mirror the educational themes of the Congress as follows:
Neurotrauma – basic research
Neurotrauma – prevention and public health
Neurotrauma – case reports/clinical research
Neurotrauma – health services and outcomes
Technology – basic research
Technology – clinical research/applications
Neurorehabilitation – basic research
Neurorehabilitation – case reports/clinical research
Neurorehabilitation – activities and participation
Neurorehabilitation – public policy and advocacy
The Tenth World Congress on Brain Injury will take place in San Francisco, California on March 19 - 22, 2014.
The IBIA World Congress is the largest gathering of international professionals working in the field of brain injury. Delegates are comprised of physicians, psychologists and neuropsychologists, therapists, social workers, nurses, case managers, legal professionals, advocates and all others working in the field of brain injury.
The Tenth World Congress program will feature internationally recognized invited speakers, platform lectures, workshops, short oral presentations and poster sessions. The theme of the congress will be Neurotrauma, Technology, and Neurorehabilitation.
The aim of the Tenth World Congress is to provide an opportunity for establishing collegial relationships with international professionals focused on the care and/or service of persons with acquired brain injury and/or the science of brain injury research. State of the art research will be presented dealing with information spanning from basic science to clinical (coma to community) aspects of brain injury.
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Congress Location and Hotel
The 2014 IBIA Tenth World Congress on Brain Injury will be held on March 19 - 22, 2014, in San Francisco, California at the Hyatt Embarcadero Hotel.
The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) is offering a free webinar: From the Desk of the School Nurse: How to Implement A Concussion Management Protocol.
Time and date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (EDT)
Overview: The presenter, Patricia McLaughlin, RN, will focus on the importance of taking a multi-disciplinary team approach to concussion management and how best to implement a concussion management protocol in a school district setting. Patricia McLaughlin is a parent and a registered nurse with 25 years of experience. She is a current member of the staff at Albany Medical Center Coronary Care Unit. Mrs. McLaughlin also works as a full-time school nurse at Pine Bush Elementary School K-5, where she has been for 6 years.
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The Brain Injury Association of America will present the 2014 Brain Injury Business Practice College at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa in Las Vegas (Henderson), NV, January 21-23, 2014.
The 2014 College will offer sessions to enable rehabilitation executives, managers, and professionals to improve their business methods and metrics, and the Planning Committee has chosen Innovation as its theme. The full schedule will be posted on the BIAA website.
Today’s New York Times contains an interesting and important article on football helmets and the fact that they do not prevent players from sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
It is always an honor to be quoted in an article in the New York Times. Warning Labels on Helmets Combat Injury and Liability
The following legislative update on developments on traumatic brain injury in Washington has been prepared by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA):
Appropriations Bill Approved
The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $594 billion fiscal 2014 Defense spending bill this week. In the bill there is a $60 million increase in Pentagon medical research efforts for traumatic brain injury and psychological health.
Committee Passes Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, S. 1356
This week, the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The WIA Reauthorization has been over due since 2003. The bill passed through committee by an 18-3 vote, and will now be considered by the full Senate.
In the bill, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) will be moved to the Administration on Community Living (ACL) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NIDRR is renamed the National Institute on Disability and Independent Living Research (NIDILR). NIDILR is where the TBI
Model Systems are located. There are 16 TBI Model Systems throughout the United States that provide care and collect information on individuals with traumatic brain injury during the acute hospital stay and in the community after discharge.
Title V of WIA reauthorize the Rehabilitation Act, including vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs. According to the committee press release the updates to the Title V are aimed at making sure that young people with disabilities have increased preparation and opportunities for competitive, integrated employment. The bill requires state VR agencies, in conjunction with local educational agencies, to make "pre-employment transition services" available to students with disabilities. Updates to the bill also focus on creating better alignment of government programs at the national level that are focused on employment and independent living for people with disabilities.
Congressional Hearing on Human Brain Research
This week the House Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a
hearing entitled the Frontiers of Human Brain Research. Witness included Dr. Story Landis, Director of National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health, Michael McLoughlin, Deputy
Business Area Executive, Research and Exploratory Development at Applied Physics Laboratory at John Hopkins University, U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Joseph Deslauriers Jr., Dr. Marcus Raichle, Professor of Radiology, Neurology, Neurobiology and Biomedical Engineering at Washington University, and Dr. Gene Robinson, Director at the Institute for Genomic Biology, Swanlund Chair, Center for Advanced Study Professor in Entomology and Neuroscience at the University of Illinois.
Congratulations and best wishes to Nicole Godaire who has been appointed the new executive director of The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA).
Ms. Godaire has served the association for the past eight years in multiple capacities, including her most recent position of assistant executive director and manager of education.
The BIA-MA is the state chartered affliate of the Brain Injury Association of America.