3rd Interagency Conference on TBI Defense and Veterans Symposium

The 3rd Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury will be held June 13-15, 2011, at the Washington Hilton - http://tbi-interagency-conference.org/.  This premier conference in the field of brain injury rehabilitation was last held in 2006.  Accepted symposia include a presentation by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center entitled, "Traumatic Brain Injury Screening And Outcomes Along The Post-Deployment Continuum Of Care".  This symposium will review research findings of TBI screening over time and across the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) network of Veteran's Administration (VA), Department of Defense (DoD), and civilian sites.  The symposium was organized by Sean Manion, PhD, Deputy Chief of Staff for DVBIC, and Felicia Qashu, PhD, Scientific Research Advisor for DVBIC.  Expert presenters for this symposium include Wendy Law, PhD speaking on “TBI in the U.S. Military during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 2003-2005”; Louis M. French, PsyD, speaking on the “Influence of Bodily Injuries on Symptom Reporting Following Uncomplicated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury”; Michelle Nichols, RN, speaking on "Traumatic Brain Injury During Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Influences on the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Program within a Veterans Health Administration Facility"; and Lakeview’s Tina M. Trudel, PhD speaking on "Innovations in Community Integrated Brain Injury Vocational Rehabilitation for Service Members:  The DVBIC Charlottesville Experience".  Dr. Trudel will discuss community integrated rehabilitation and vocational services at the DVBIC Charlottesville civilian facility, and the outcomes for service members who have sustained brain injuries and were served through that program where she serves as Research Coordinator/Senior Scientist and was Site Director from 2005-2010.  This DVBIC symposium will allow for a broad look at the TBI care continuum , course of recovery and spectrum of treatment facilities, which will contribute to the advancement, understanding and improvement of outcomes for service members who have sustained a TBI.