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Thursday 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

Measurement in Chronic TBI: The Importance of Developing Patient-Centered Measures for Self-reported Outcomes to Improve Long-Term Symptom Tracking and ManagementShannon Juengst
Shannon Juengst, PhD, CRC, Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Measurement and long-term tracking of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms is critical for effective symptom management in chronic TBI. Current challenges to long-term measurement and tracking of these symptoms include feasibility and availability of the necessary resources and uncertainty about the validity of self-reported measures. Potential solutions to these challenges include developing more efficient and proactive symptom monitoring approaches, leveraging the rapidly growing use of smartphones, and ensuring validity through patient-centered development and rigorous testing of self-reported measures. Specific studies will be presented as exemplars for these potential solutions.

Shannon Juengst is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling. Dr. Juengst has over 15 years of research experience in the field of brain injury rehabilitation, focusing on developing evidence-based measurement and interventions for behavioral and emotional outcomes after TBI, applying innovative telehealth methods to improve long-term tracking, and investigating biopsychosocial relationships after TBI. Actively involved in the TBI Model Systems since 2012, she is currently applying her telehealth expertise to the North Texas TBI Model Systems site-specific project and is also the Principal Investigator for the North Texas TBI Model Systems module project examining the feasibility of delivering Problem Solving Training to care partners of patients with TBI during the inpatient rehabilitation stay. Her primary research interest is developing and employing patient-centered measurement tools to track behavioral, cognitive, and emotional symptoms long-term after injury, to better identify and treat these symptoms and minimize their impact on the quality of life of individuals with TBI and their care partners.

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

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

  1. Addressing the Needs of Individuals with TBI and their Care Partners During the Transition from Hospital to Home Through Problem-Solving Training
    Shannon Juengst, PhD, CRC, Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Many care partners feel underprepared after discharge to manage unanticipated problems. Training care partners in a simple and systematic problem-solving strategy may better prepare them to manage later problems that at first seem overwhelming. This session will present preliminary results from a randomized controlled trial of Problem Solving Training versus a consumer-developed Educational Workbook for Care Partners of adults with TBI, delivered during the inpatient rehabilitation stay, for reducing caregiver burden and emotional distress.

  2. Conivaptan for Reduction of Cerebral Edema in ICH
    Jesse J. Corry, MD, Physician, Allina Health Care – John Nasseff Neuroscience Specialty Clinic
    Cerebral edema complicates brain injury, producing neurologic deterioration through inflammation and elevated intracerebral pressure. Wide variability exists in its management, with available therapies not improving outcome. United Hospital has completed enrollment in a Phase I study of a novel therapy for cerebral edema in ICH and reports their safety findings.

  3. I Loved What I Was Doing and Now What?
    Stacy Shamblott, CTRS, SHARE (Sports, Health, Activity, Recreation and Exercise) Program Coordinator, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
    Learn about the SHARE (Sports, Health, Activity, Recreation and Exercise) program, part of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. Stacy will provide resources for ways to look at SHARE in a different way. Learn how to maximize quality of life for people of all ages and all abilities through fun. Attendees will be able to identify leisure and recreation choices where you give people options and meet them where they are at to give them an opportunity to participate.

  4. A Fresh Look at Youth Sports Concussion Policy in Minnesota
    Dr. Francis X. Shen, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School; Sydney Diekmann, University of Minnesota Neuroscience Department
    In 2011 Minnesota enacted a youth sports concussion law. This presentation will present findings from a two-year study evaluating the implementation of that law in the context of youth sports in Minnesota. The study, which involved collaborators from across the state and was supported by a University of Minnesota Grand Challenges grant, synthesized information and data across a broad and diverse range of Minnesotan communities to identify trends and challenges in concussion management, and recommendations to improve Minnesota’s concussion policy.

  5. Using Neuropsychological Testing Results as a Tool in Building Effective Supports
    Kathy Nesheim-Larson, MSW, CBIT, Director of Brain Injury and Specialty Support Services, REM Minnesota
    In serving individuals with brain injury we often find ourselves at a loss in understanding their cognitive strengths and challenges. Many arrive at Home and Community Based Services with little or no background information having been moved from many programs over the years. Neuropsychological evaluations are a vital tool in better understanding the individual and providing valuable information to direct programming and staff interactions. This presentation will outline how to use this tool to develop effective services and foster a strong working relationship.

  6. Virtual Reality in the Treatment of Upper Extremity Function in Acute TBI Rehabilitation
    Lindsay Marth, MA, OTR/L, BCPR; Ben Barrett, MA, OTR/L; David J. Lawler, MA, OTR/L, Occupational Therapists, Minneapolis VA Health Care System
    Occupational therapy (OT) for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) involves task practice of activities of daily living. Current virtual reality (VR) use in OT is limited to 2D games. Our group will discuss using VR environments that integrate OT with a greater variety of visual, auditory and haptic feedback.

12 - 1 p.m. - Lunch

1 - 2 p.m. - Breakout Session II

  1. Exercise After Brain Injury: Evidence and Recommendations
    Diane Schretzman Mortimer, MD, MSN, FAAPMR, Minneapolis VA Health Care System; Matthew Allen Puderbaugh, DO, Resident, U of M Department of PM&R; Beth Wittry, PT, DPT, Neurologic Physical Therapy Resident, Minneapolis VA Health Care System
    Abundant evidence demonstrates positive effects of exercise on brain health and function before a brain injury. This presentation will cover how exercise after brain injury also has significant benefits and should be strongly recommended. Presenters will cover how appropriate, individualized regimens account for common potential post-injury problems such as motor, sensory and cognitive dysfunction.

  2. Embracing the Journey: Moving Forward After Brain Injury
    Amy Zellmer, Advocate, Faces of TBI
    Traumatic brain injury survivor and award-winning author, Amy Zellmer, will share with you her journey through the murky waters of TBI. She will enlighten you with humor and grace on the seriousness of brain injury and concussion, and the life lessons that come with it. Join Amy as she shares her story of recovery, and provides you with ways to help support a loved one dealing with this invisible injury. She will give you insight into a life that even doctors don’t fully understand.

  3. We Love to Count
    Mark Kinde, MPH, Health Program Manager Senior, Injury and Violence Prevention Section Manager; Jon Roesler, MS, Injury Epidemiologist Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Health
    How many? How severe? How long? Using newly available data sets (emergency medical services data and data from the All Payer Claims Database), new estimates of the numbers of brain injury occurring each year in Minnesota are now available. These numbers will help educators and service providers plan and prepare to meet the needs of people with brain injuries statewide. Please join Jon Roesler and Mark Kinde, two MDH epidemiologists, as they redefine the epidemiology of brain injury in Minnesota and the implications for public health practice and service delivery.

  4. What's Out There for Adults Who Would Like to Improve Their Academic Skills?
    Sheila Brandes, CBIS, Teacher, Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program; Rochelle Anderson, Stroke Survivor
    This presentation will give you an overview of the Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program Classes for Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors. These free classes help adults regain academic skills such as reading, writing, and math that were lost due to stroke or brain injury. They also help individuals make connections and improve confidence within a supportive environment. One of our current students will also give her perspective on life with aphasia.

  5. Adding Insult to Injury: When Stroke and Other Brain Injury Occur Together
    Mandi Counters, MSN, FNP-BC, RN, CNRN, SCRN, Neurology Nurse Practitioner/Stroke Coordinator, Fairview Southdale Hospital
    This course will identify long term consequences of brain injury versus stroke. It will also discuss the impact of stroke and brain injury in combination and how other illnesses complicate the already injured brain’s ability to recover.

  6. Addressing Professional Burnout/Compassion Fatigue While Working with Persons with Brain Injury
    Robert L. Karol, PhD, LP, ABPP-RP, CBIST, President, Karol Neuropsychological Services and Consulting
    This talk will address burnout and compassion fatigue among staff working with persons with brain injury. It will describe the multi-factorial nature of burnout and compassion fatigue and the top ten reasons for them. The presentation will then review concrete steps to be taken to cope.

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

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

Hiking to the Top of Mt. TBIHolly Kostrzewski
Holly Kostrzewski, MPH
At the age of 18, Holly Kostrzewski's path forever changed when she sustained a traumatic brain injury as the result of a motor vehicle crash. During her ongoing recovery process, Holly faced significant challenges including a seizure disorder, learning disabilities, sleep, depression, and anxiety issues. She also had to learn how to be successful in college and as a working professional with a brain injury. In this session, Holly will discuss the challenges, highs and lows of living with a brain injury and how she went from being barely able to walk a few feet while dragging her right leg behind her to hiking through the woods nearly 20 years later.


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Continuing Education Unit InformationCancellation Policy
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