Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Convenes Second Annual Brain Injury Conference

Thursday, February 23, 2012 — San Jose, Calif.—Nationally and internationally recognized leaders in brain injury and rehabilitation research will meet at the 2012 Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference to discuss new advancements for both military and civilian patients. 
 
The second annual Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference: Building on the Legacy of Coma to Community will be held February 23-25 at the historic Dolce Hayes Mansion in San José, California. The event will feature research findings produced through the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Veterans Administration, medical centers, universities, and community agencies.

Interview Opportunities

All of these keynote speakers will be available for media interviews before or after their speech, or via phone or email for media not in San José.

  • Chris Nowinski, Speaker, Author, Activist. Speaking Friday Feb. 24, 8:30 a.m. Nowinski’s presentation revolves around the ongoing issue of the sports concussion crisis, his personal experiences, and concussion identification and prevention.
  • Alan Brightman, PhD, Vice President for Global Accessibility at Yahoo! Speaking Friday Feb. 24, 10:15 a.m. Dr. Brightman will talk about computers, phones and tablets, accessibility challenges, and web design modifications to aid accessibility.
  • Kimberly Gully, MS, CCC, CCM, CIST. Speaking Friday Feb. 24, 12:30 p.m. Brain Injury Rehab: We Have Apps for That! She can describe cutting-edge smartphone apps that can help with therapy and rehab, the pros and cons of this approach.
  • Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, PhD. Speaking Friday, Feb. 24, 2:55 p.m. He'll describe current research about Spanish-speaking people with traumatic brain injury and cultural factors in research and rehabilitation.
  • Shane Mcnamee, MD, Chief of PM&R at the Richmond VA Medical Center. Speaking Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m. He'll describe state of the art TBI clinical practice and research for active duty military and veterans, including those wounded by blasts and Combat Stress Syndromes.
  • George Visger, 1981-82 San Francisco 49ers Superbowl Team Member. Speaking Saturday, Feb. 25, 2:05 p.m. Successful Coping Strategies: Overcoming a Brain Battered by Football, including history of Visger's own injuries, standard treatments and side effects, avoidance and coping mechanisms, and becoming empowered as a self-advocate.

About this conference

The conference will provide concurrent sessions highlighting return to work and community, medical complexity, innovative treatment approaches, advocacy, and military and veteran issues.

“The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is thrilled to hold this event for the second year in a row,” said Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, conference chair and Director of the Rehabilitation Research Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. “Conference participants will have a multitude of opportunities to network and learn about innovative advancements in brain injury treatment.”  The event will appeal to physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, administrators, researchers, advocates, individuals with brain injury, and family members/caregivers. 

The Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference is planned in collaboration with a host of community-based service providers, including the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, the Veterans Administration, the Department of Rehabilitation, the Brain Injury Association of California, and Services for Brain Injury. The event is also endorsed by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Brain Injury Association of America, and the International Brain Injury Association.

“With over 500 attendees, we completely sold out last year,” said Kolakowsky-Hayner. “Given the demand for the important information that this event offers, we plan to accommodate even more participants for our 2012 conference.” To encourage consumer participation, scholarships will be available for individuals with brain injury and their family members/caregivers.

Visit www.braininjuryconference.org to learn more and register.  

About Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is Santa Clara County’s health care safety net – in more ways than one. As a public hospital, SCVMC delivers high-quality care and specialized treatment for emergency medical care, trauma, burns and rehabilitation from severe injuries - in some cases the only such treatment in the region. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, the Rehabilitation Center at SCVMC is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and the American College of Surgeons accredited the Trauma Center and the Pediatric Trauma Center. All Medical Residency Programs have been accredited by the Accreditation Committee for Graduate Medical Education, which is a national committee that governs all residency programs. For more information, visit www.scvmed.org.

About the Rehabilitation Research Center

The Rehabilitation Research Center (RRC) at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) conducts research to better understand and improve outcomes after TBI and SCI. Outcomes studied include the functional, vocational, and life satisfaction areas that are important to people with and without disabilities. The RRC strives to meet the needs of injured persons and their families for information, education, and support.

The RRC is located at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California. It is funded through grants from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education.  For more information, visit www.tbi-sci.org.
 

 

Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference Montage

Alan Brightman, PhD, Vice President for Global Accessibility at Yahoo!
Chris Nowinski, President of the Sports Legacy Institute.
George Visger, 1981-82 San Francisco 49ers Superbowl Team Member.
Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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