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Thank you to our 32nd Annual Conference Partners:

Minnesota Low Incidence Projects
Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Stroke Association


Thank you to our Diamond Sponsors:
John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute & Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Hennepin County Medical Center

Regions Hospital Rehabilitation Institute
University of Minnesota Health

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors:
Cummings Mobility Conversion & Supply
Bethesda/HealthEast


Thank you to our Silver Sponsors:
Disability Specialist, Inc.
Gleseners Assisted Living Service
Medica
Mom's Meals NourishCare
Provide Care Inc.
Red Wing Healthcare Community
REM Minnesota
St Lukes Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit


Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors:
Ability Building Center
Accessible Space, Inc.
Accurate Home Care, LLC
ACR Homes
Amramp
Beyond Barriers Minneapolis, LLC
Epilepsy Advocacy & Employment Group Inc
Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Essentia Health Care/Miller Dwan Rehabilitation
Handi Medical Center
IMED Mobility
Mary T Inc
Restart Inc.
Rise
TBI Residential and Community Services
True Friends
Ucare
Vinland National Center

Sponsorships are available for our upcoming 32nd Annual Conference. Call Jarett at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442, or click here to e-mail.


2277 Highway 36 W, Ste 200, Roseville, MN 55113
Phone: 612-378-2742
Toll Free: 1-800-669-6442
Fax: 612-378-2789
E-Mail:info@braininjurymn.org

2017 Annual Conference - Friday Schedule

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Friday Conference Schedule

8 - 9 a.m. - Registration and Exhibits Open

Exhibits are open daily 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

8:45 - 9 a.m. - Opening Remarks

9 - 10:30 a.m. - Keynote Address

Multimodal Assessment for Prospective Classification of Brain InjuryUzma Samadani
Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, Hennepin County Medical Center

This keynote will discuss the complex nature of brain injury due to its mixed pathophysiology and the potential for trauma to other structures to mimic symptoms. It will further discuss how using multiple modalities for assessment of injury will enable better classification of injury leading to better treatment. The modalities discussed include eye tracking to assess physiologic brain function, serum markers to clarify which cell types may be injured and radiographic imaging.

>Uzma Samadani, MD PhD is a neurosurgeon and brain injury researcher at Hennepin County Medical Center. She serves as the Rockswold Kaplan Endowed Chair for Traumatic Brain Injury at Hennepin County Medical Center and as an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota. She is also an attending neurosurgeon at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center. She is on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care and serves as Scientific Program Chair for their meeting in conjunction with the National Neurotrauma Society. She also serves on the board of ThinkFirst Foundation. She is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Her research on brain injury has been discussed in the New York Times, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, and Minneapolis Star Tribune as well as numerous other media sources. She has been a speaker at TedMed, the North American Brain Injury Society, National Neurotrauma Society, American Association of Neurological Surgeons meeting and multiple other conferences. She has published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers and an additional 40 reviews and chapters including the Journal of Neurotrauma, Journal of Neurosurgery and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Samadani also serves as an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant to the National Football League.

10:30 - 11 a.m. - Break and Exhibits Open

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Breakout Session I

  1. Youth Sports and the Risk for Brain Injury: Balancing Risk and Benefit
    Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, HCMC
    Recent media attention has raised awareness of the risk of brain injury associated with sports. This increased recognition of brain injury and its consequences is an important first step in treating the injury and reducing its consequences. Understanding the risks and benefits of sports participation is important for optimizing the brain health and general well-being of our entire society. This talk will review the scientific evidence associated with sports injury and the implications of that evidence for youth sports in particular.

  2. How to Write Behavior Plans that Work: Part I
    Robert L. Karol, PhD, ABPP-RP, CBIST, President, Karol Neuropsychological Services & Consulting
    Behavior planning is challenging. This talk will proceed through a step by step model for writing effective plans that work. It will cover defining the behavior, gathering necessary information, determining the etiology of the behavior, and writing treatment plans. It will conclude with guidance on addressing hurdles to behavior planning.

  3. mTBI/Concussion and the Visual System: Assessment and Rehabilitation
    David Biberdorf, OD, FCOVD, Valley Vision Clinic/ UND
    It has been estimated that over 50 percent of the brain is involved in visual processing. Several of the most common symptoms following a head injury are visual in nature. A growing number of subjective and objective vision tests are being investigated as "visual biomarkers" for mTBI and are being used for return-to-play and return-to-learn decision making. This presentation will review a model of the visual system, explore the vision tests being used and explore vision therapies that are being used to help patients who have suffered a concussion.

  4. Nimble Responses to Everyday Barriers: A Flexible TBI Team Makes it Look Easy!
    Theresa Wallace, Region 11 TBI Specialist - ISD 916
    Nimble organizations leverage technology, foster innovation and build creative alliances (Daryl Conner, 2016). Apply these powerful attributes to interventions for students with TBI through committed administrative support, flexible teaming and collaboration with parents. Inspiring success stories of young people who overcame barriers and minimized limitations when “nimble” teams used this approach will show you how. This session is appropriate for participants from both education and service agencies that support individuals with brain injuries.

  5. Staying Hopeful Amidst the Challenges - A Survivor's Story
    Brenda Johnson, TBI Survivor
    After suffering a traumatic brain injury due to a car accident, this survivor shares the repercussions of her injury, the daily challenges she and her family face, and the hopefulness she continues to have for herself and other TBI survivors.

  6. Post-Concussion: More than Return to Play
    Leslie Seymour, Epidemiologist; Anna Gaichas, Statistician; Jon Roesler, iVPS Surveillance Epidemiology and Analysis Unit Supervisor; Mark Kinde, Injury and Violence Prevention Section Director, Minnesota Department of Health
    Sports-related concussion and return-to-play has been a hot topic in recent years. However, concussions, regardless of their cause, can also impact learning. This session will discuss strategies for returning to the classroom post-concussion. Health care utilization in kids post-concussion will also be explored using the All Payers Claims Data.

12 - 1 p.m. - Lunch

1 - 2 p.m. - Breakout Session II

  1. How to Write Behavior Plans that Work: Part II
    Robert L. Karol, PhD, ABPP-RP, CBIST, President, Karol Neuropsychological Services & Consulting
    Behavior planning is challenging. This talk will proceed through a step by step model for writing effective plans that work. It will cover defining the behavior, gathering necessary information, determining the etiology of the behavior, and writing treatment plans. It will conclude with guidance on addressing hurdles to behavior planning.

  2. Youth Concussions in Sports
    Jessica Brown, Assistant Professor; Francis X. Shen, Associate Professor, Toben F. Nelson, Associate Professor, Moira Novak, Director of Athletic Medicine for Intercollegiate Athletics, UMN
    In this session, local experts in rehabilitation, epidemiology, neuroimaging, law, and public health will provide an overview of current youth concussion laws in the state of Minnesota. In addition, it will cover best practices in measurement, prevention and response to youth sports concussions by coaches, athletic trainers, rehabilitation professionals, teachers, and schools.

  3. Improving the Quality of Life After Brain Injury with a Trust or ABLE Act Account
    Larry Piumbroeck, Outreach Representative, Lutheran Social Service
    Special and Supplemental Needs Trusts as well as the new ABLE Accounts are financial tools that can be used by persons with disabilities to manage their resources while maintaining their eligibility for public assistance benefits. As the rules governing trusts change from year to year and the ABLE Account is a new financial tool likely to be implemented in Minnesota in 2017, this break-out session will be appropriate for a mixed audience who may have some familiarity with trusts and will also be of interest to more experienced professionals and family members.

  4. Are Smart Watches appropriate for Users with TBI?
    Brian T Fay, PhD, Director, Assistive Technology Program; Don MacLennan, CCC, Department Head, Speech Pathology, Minneapolis VA Medical Center
    Smart Watches are devices that may assist users with TBI in managing schedules, medications, and directions. Garmin, Pebble, Android Wear and the Apple Watch crowd the marketplace. This session will review common brands, features and cost to assist users with TBI in choosing a watch fit for them.

  5. Move it or lose it: The Benefits of Movement and Exercise in Traumatic Brain Injuries
    Carrie Deniel, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, Hennepin County Medical Center
    Physical therapists help to evaluate and treat people who have had a traumatic brain injury. They help patients to start moving and exercising soon after their injury in order to improve symptoms and overall function. In this session, you will see and try a few common exercises used in treatment of traumatic brain injuries!

  6. Strength From Within
    Adrian Torbenson, Speaker, Advocate, Let Your Voice be Heard
    After being hit by a truck at age 11; suffering many injuries including a TBI; having to relearn everything; being told I should forget about my dreams of going to College; and publishing a book, I will share my story of how I have done all that, and more.

2 - 2:30 p.m. - Break and Exhibits Open

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. - Plenary Session

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