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30th Neurotrauma 2012

  2. 2. Invitation from the President NNS 2012 Theme: The Spectrum of Neurotrauma From pediatric TBI, blast brain injury and spinal cord injury management to translational medicine and neuro-rehabilitationDear Fellow Neurotrauma Researchers:On behalf of the National Neurotrauma Society (NNS), I like to warmly invite you to join us in celebrating the 30th Annual Symposium of theNational Neurotrauma Society, set at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona. This year’s three and a half day conference fromJuly 22-25, 2012 has 22 exciting sessions, including six parallel sessions that cover a balance of preclinical and clinical research – so I promise thatthere will be something for everyone, regardless of your discipline.The theme of this year’s conference is “The Spectrum of Neurotrauma” - we will focus on several interlinked and topical issues in neurotrauma. Inthe TBI subarea, one of the understudied areas is pediatric brain injury, which will be featured in this conference. On the other hand, during thispast year, we continue to see an explosion of interests and publications in blast brain injury – is it really different from classical TBI? How do youbest model it in animals? Do they mimic blast brain injury in humans? Regarding spinal cord injury (SCI), there will be a focused session on variousfunctional deficits and complications after SCI. In terms of neurotrauma management and treatment, we will provide state-of-the-art overviews ofthe utility of biomarkers and new MRI imaging technology, promising preclinical drug treatment and update of on-going clinical trials in TBI and SCI,including the two on-going progesterone trials. We will also cover the concept that neurotrauma is not only an acute medical problem, but canevolve into a chronic medical condition for the patients. Thus more sophisticated research and clinical tools in neuro-rehabilitation will be the key,as is the understanding of the molecular evolution from TBI to chronic neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Chronic TraumaticEncephalopathy (CTE). Lastly, we add a little global flavor by having several international speakers to talk about their TBI management experiencein their own countries.As for our popular Public Education/Outreach Event, this year it will be held at Melvin Cohen Educational Conference Center at the BarrowNeurological Institute at Phoenix Childrens Hospital. It will provide an overview of TBI/SCI, NNS research area across the nation and injuryprevention. Our target audience is physicians, nurses, allied health workers, athletic trainers, students, patients, families, and other interestedindividuals.The Conference venue is the magnificently built Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, known as the "Jewel of the Desert”. It provides a restful oasis of 39acres covered with lush gardens, glistening swimming pools (8), including the famous Paradise Pool featuring private cabanas, a 92-foot waterslideand swim-up bar. These features should keep you cool and refreshed throughout your stay. Exploration-wise, the resort provides guided hikes,jeep tours and mountain bike rentals for excursions to the adjacent preserve and parks. For those who are even more adventurous, I highlyrecommend visiting the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is only a few hours’ of drive away. The hotel also provides air toursof Grand Canyon. Our Welcome Reception is Sunday, July 22 from 6 pm) please join your colleagues as the sun goes down for a Southwesternreception in the shadow of the mountains. Our Awards Ceremony Dinner is set for Tuesday, July 24. Please join me in a relaxing dinner and thencelebrate with your colleagues into the night.The members of the Program Committee, along with the members of the National Neurotrauma Society, look forward to welcoming you toPhoenix.We hope you to see you there!Dr. Kevin Wang, 2NNS 2012 President Page
  3. 3. Program Committee Kevin Wang, Ph.D., NNS President; Helen Bramlett, Ph.D., NNS Vice Coleen Atkins, Ph.D., NNS University of Florida President, University of Miami Secretary/Treasurer, University of Miami P. David Adelson, M.D., Ph.D. Phoenix Children’s Hospital Ross Bullock, Ph.D. University of Miami Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D. University of Miami Jonathan Lifshitz, Ph.D. University of Kentucky Geoff Manley, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco Mayumi Prins, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles Amy Wagner, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh Xiao Ming Xu, Ph.D. Indiana University 3 Page
  4. 4. About the National Neurotrauma SocietyWHO are National Neurotrauma Society Members?Membership in the organization is open to all scientists who are interested in conducting neurotrauma research.WHAT is the mission of the National Neurotrauma Society?The National Neurotrauma Society is committed to the promotion of neurotrauma research by enhancing communications, providing a forum, andincreasing support on the national and international level.WHERE is the National Neurotrauma Society headed?The central nervous system is unquestionably the most important organ of our body, and injury to the brain or spinal cord has devastatingconsequences. Research is beginning to unravel the complexities of the injured CNS and is opening new doors for scientists, clinicians, and patients.The National Neurotrauma Society seeks to accelerate research that will provide answers for clinicians and ultimately improve the treatmentsavailable to patients. The National Neurotrauma Society will continue to promote excellence in the field by providing opportunities for scientists,establishing standards in both basic and clinical research, encouraging and supporting research, and promoting liaisons with other organizationsthat influence the care and cure of neurotrauma victims.WHY should I join?As a member of the National Neurotrauma Society, you will receive:  The opportunity to attend the Annual National Neurotrauma Society meetings at a substantially reduced price. This meeting is organized by the Societys leaders and represents the best of neurotrauma research. Typical attendance is 500 at the National Meeting.  Subscription to the Journal of Neurotrauma at a discounted price. This publication is dedicated to the aims of the National Neurotrauma Society and provides a forum of rigorously peer-reviewed articles on the latest advances in the field.  Updates on the activities of the Society and important meetings in the field, including the annual National Neurotrauma Society meeting and the bi-annual International Neurotrauma Symposium.  Information and access to publications of the National Institutes of Health, funding sources, research and educational opportunities in the field.  Eligibility for travel and research awards developed by the Society for its membership.HOW can I join?Annual dues (January - December) are $195.00 which includes online and hard copy subscription to the Journal of Neurotrauma. Studentmembership is $50.00, which includes online subscription to the Journal of Neurotrauma. Members receive substantially reduced registration ratesto the annual symposium. To apply and pay for membership, visit the new member section of the Societys website at www.neurotrauma.org.Please contact the National Neurotrauma Society Office at (352) 213-8656 with questions. 4 Page
  5. 5. Scientific Sessions 5 Page
  6. 6. Public EventDATE: July 24, 2012TIME: 1:00 - 3:00 PMLOCATION: Melvin Cohen Educational Conference Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Childrens HospitalThe event will take place at the Melvin Cohen Educational Conference Center at Phoenix Childrens Hospital and is focused on physicians, nurses,allied health workers, athletic trainers, students, patients, families, and other interested individuals. Speakers will include experts in brain andspinal cord injury and injury prevention. The program will provide to the audience an overview of our understanding of head injury and concussion,severe injury to the brain and spinal cord. In addition, the role of the NNS and injury prevention programs like Think First will be highlighted to helpin our understanding of the work being done on improving outcomes. The event will be focused on physicians, nurses, allied health workers,athletic trainers, students, patients, families, and other interested individuals.Additional details will be available soon.Social EventsWelcome Reception - Sunday, July 22, 6:00 - 7:30 pmWelcome to Phoenix! Join your colleagues as the sun goes down for a Southwestern reception in the shadow of the mountains.Included with your registration fee. Dress is casual.WINTR Mentoring Program – Monday, July 23, 5:30 – 7:30 pmJoin us for an evening of light dinner, laughter and discussion between protégé and mentor. A great opportunity to network with leadingresearchers across the field or lend advice to hungry, aspiring Neurotrauma researchers! Open to all attendees. Membership in WiNTR notrequired. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance when you register for the conference (no onsite sales).Awards Ceremony & Dinner - Tuesday, July 24, Dinner 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Dancing 9:00 - 11:00pmJoin us to honor the top student finalists, WINTR VISA awardee, and announce the winners of the Student Competition. Then mix it up after theceremony and celebrate with your colleagues as we dance the night away! Included with your registration fee.Post-Conference Happy Hour, Wednesday, July 25, 6:00 – 8:00pm 6Informal post-conference gathering of attendees and guests in the main lobby of the hotel. Say farewell to friends and colleagues who are Pagedeparting on Wednesday evening, and enjoy a cocktail with those who are staying the night at the Biltmore. Non-sponsored event - attendees maycharge to their rooms.
  7. 7. Registration Rates AND CATEGORIESDelegate Registrations include:  Free Conference Mobile App  Delegate Name Badge  Delegate Bag & Inclusions  Welcome Reception  Awards Ceremony Dinner & Dancing  Coffee Breaks  Continental Breakfast daily  Grab & Go Lunch Daily  Access to All Scientific Sessions  Access to All Exhibits  Access to Poster Sessions  Online access to the Abstract GalleryStudent DelegatesThe definition of a “Student” for the purpose of registration for Neurotrauma is any one of the following:  An undergraduate, graduate or medical student at an internationally recognized university or college.  A nurse who is practicing in an internationally recognized university affiliated hospital.  A resident who is in training at an accredited or internationally recognized university/hospital training program.  A postdoctoral student who has completed an MD and/or PhD who is currently under the supervision of mentor (or advisor) for the purpose of acquiring additional training in the field of neuroscience as it relates to neurotrauma.  A postdoctoral fellow, who has completed a basic neurosurgery, neurology (or equivalent) residency and who now is gaining additional training in the field of neurotrauma.Delegates registering as students will be required to provide proof of student status.Accompanying GuestsA guest is a non-scientist family member or guest of a scientist. A guest is only allowed to register once during the annual meeting. A maximum oftwo guests per registrant are allowed. NOTE: Guests are not admitted to Scientific SessionsGuest Registrations include:  Free Conference Mobile App  Guest Name Badge  Welcome Reception  Awards Ceremony Dinner & Dancing  Coffee Breaks  Continental Breakfast daily  Grab & Go Lunch Daily  Access to All Exhibits  Access to Poster SessionsRegistration Cancellation PolicyRegistration fee refunds will be issued only with written notice to the conference organizers before June 1, 2012. A $75.00 cancellation fee willapply on all registration categories. There are no refunds for cancellations or no-shows after June 1. 7 Page
  8. 8. Call for AbstractsThe deadline for Neurotrauma 2012 abstract submissions is April 1, 2012.The NNS Abstract Committee will determine the qualified abstracts to be presented as posters during the Abstract Poster and OpenCommunications sessions. All accepted abstracts will be published online in the Journal of Neurotrauma July issue immediately prior to theconference and included on the online abstract proceedings gallery and the official conference mobile app. Notifications of acceptance for posterpresentations, oral presentations and travel grants will be emailed in late April. Poster presentation requirements will also be posted in April 2012.New for 2012This year, we will be implementing a new abstract system that will make the submission process much more user friendly.We strongly encourage all authors to familiarize themselves with the system when it launches in early February.The system will allow authors to upload a PDF or PPT file (single slide) of their abstract for viewing in an online gallery. It will also allow attendeesto "like" posters online for others to see, as well as build a customized, printable list of all posters they wish to see onsite.We are excited about the new system and look forward to a seamless transition towards the technological future of Neurotrauma!Student CompetitionThe Abstract Committee reviews and grades each abstract submission for quality, ethical guidelines and scientific merit.A blind grading process is used to ensure anonymity and equality. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed to submitting authors in late April.The top twenty highest-scoring student abstracts will be selected as Student Competition Finalists. The Finalists posters will be displayed in afeatured location for the entire symposium. They will also present their posters to the Abstract Judges for final scoring during Poster Session A onMonday, July 23rd.All poster finalists will receive a certificate and be recognized onstage at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, July 24th.The top five (5) highest scoring poster finalists will also be recognized during the Awards Ceremony and will receive a crystal trophy, scientifictextbooks and a monetary prize of $500.00 each from the National Neurotrauma Symposium. In addition, the top three winners will receive a oneyear subscription to the Journal of Developmental Neuroscience by Karger.After the Student Competition Finalists are determined, the oral presentations are selected from the remaining abstract pool (Students and Non-Students) for the Open Communications Sessions. Please note if you are selected for an oral presentation, you will be assigned to an OpenCommunications Session and NOT a Poster Session.Once the Student Finalists and Open Communications presenters have been selected, the remaining accepted abstracts will be assigned a finalposter number and time slot to present during one of the four Poster Sessions during the symposium.Open Communications SessionsThe Abstract Committee will select fifteen abstracts to be presented orally during the Open Communication Sessions on Tuesday, July 24, 2011.Notifications for Open Communications selections will be emailed in late April. There will be three concurrent sessions: Traumatic Brain Injury,Spinal Cord Injury, and Clinical. Each oral presented will have a total of 15 minutes for their presentation, including Q&A.If you wish to be considered for oral presentation, please be sure to select this option on your abstract submission form. Please note that authorswhose abstracts are selected for oral presentation will NOT be a part of the Student Competition, nor will they present a poster.Student Travel GrantsNNS is pleased to offer a limited number of travel grants for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students presenting their exciting results. Grantawards are given based on financial need and merit. Funding provided by the National Neurotrauma Symposium and an NIH grant allows for up to$10,000 in travel grants.To apply for a Travel Grant, be sure to complete the task section regarding grant applications when you submit an abstract online. 8 Page
  9. 9. Hotel and Travel InformationConference HotelThe official host hotel for the conference is the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. All education sessions and social events will take place onsite atthe hotel. Known throughout the world as the "Jewel of the Desert," the Arizona Biltmore provides a restful oasis of 39 acres covered with lushgardens, glistening swimming pools, and Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architecture. Set in the heart of Phoenix, the Arizona Biltmore has been afavorite of celebrities and U.S. presidents throughout its colorful history.Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa2400 E Missouri AvePhoenix, AZ 85016-3197Phone: (602) 955-6600www.ArizonaBiltmore.comReservationsA special discounted room rate of $119.00 plus tax per night is available to all Neurotrauma 2012 attendees.Rooms must be reserved by June 1, 2012 in order to qualify for this special rate. A deposit of one nights room & tax will be charged to your creditcard one week prior to arrival. The Arizona Biltmore has also agreed to waive the resort fee (normally $28/night) for Neurotrauma attendees.The resort fee amenities include:  High speed internet access in your guestroom  Access to the Biltmore Spa & Fitness center  Unlimited local phone calls  Long distance access fees waived  Use of the putting course  Biltmore Fashion Park shuttle serviceTo reserve a room, visit the Reservations page at www.arizonabiltmore.com and enter NNS as the group code, or call 1-800-950-0086 and mentionthat you are a Neurotrauma 2012 attendee.WeatherThe Arizona Biltmore is a resort for all seasons. Phoenix / Scottsdale holds the title of the nations sunniest cities with more than 300 days ofsunshine annually. Although situated in the desert, the Arizona Biltmore enjoys relatively mild weather. Low humidity and refreshing desertbreezes punctuate the summer season. The average annual temperature is 76.3 degrees.Roommate Matching AssistanceNNS does not provide roommate matching services, however you may wish to post on our Facebook page or tweet to see if there are any otherattendees looking for roommates.DRIVING directions to the resortFrom Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (approx. 20 minutes): Exit airport using the 24th street exit and Turn right on 24th street heading North. Follow24th street for about 20 minutes then make a right on Thunderbird Trail (2 streets North of Camelback Road). Follow driveway to the hotel. 9 Page
  10. 10. Airport TransportationTaxis, limousines, shuttles, buses and vans can be arranged to transport you and your group from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.Please contact the Resort Services desk at 602-955-6600 extension 7000 for rates and information.Local Area Attractions and ActivitiesPhoenixs perpetual sunshine might tempt you to find a secluded resort and spend all your days sipping margaritas next to the swimming pool.Dont give in. Exploring the citys desert horizons will broaden yours!Go MobileClick here for more information about Mobile Phoenix - the citys free app to help you plan your visit!Experience the CultureOur museums and attractions are not to be missed. For a uniquely Southwestern experience, stroll through the Desert Botanical Garden to seedesert plants, or visit the Heard Museum for Native American art and culture. If its contemporary art you seek, the Phoenix Art Museum andSMOCA are for you. If you have kids, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, the Arizona Science Center and the Phoenix Zoo are must-dos.Get OutdoorsPhoenix is located in one of the most lush and colorful deserts in the world, and rugged mountains define the citys horizon. In winter, sunshinewarms hiking and biking trails. In spring, blooming cactuses and wildflowers carpet hillsides and valleys. Enveloped by such breathtaking scenery,outdoor enthusiasts who visit Phoenix usually come to the same conclusion as coyote pups and jackrabbits: The Sonoran Desert is a great place toplay.Relaxing LifestylePhoenix is famous for palm-tree-shrouded resorts, desert golf courses and elegant fashion centers, So relax your way, whether its on a golf course,in a spa or by shopping.Outdoor ActivitiesPhoenix is known for great weather, and people can’t wait to get outdoors to hike, bike, swim and play, yes even in the summer. There are manyopportunities in Phoenix and the surrounding area. Visit www.VisitPhoenix.com to find out which activities interest YOU!Northern ArizonaYou have probably seen pictures of the awe inspiring Grand Canyon or the beauty of the red rock in Sedona. If you have time to spend an extra dayor two exploring Arizona you may want to take a drive to Northern Arizona. Each town is unique and charming and offers an array of activitiesdining and shopping opportunities. Sedona is approximately a 2 ½-- hour drive north of Phoenix, and the Grand Canyon is approximately a 4 hourdrive north of the city. The official website for the Grand Canyon is http://www.nps.gov/grcaAttireDress for all sessions is business casual. Temperatures in July average from the mid 90’s during the day to 80 degrees at night. Please keep in mindthat meeting room temperatures vary. So, wear light clothing to ensure your comfort. 10 Page
  11. 11. DiningPhoenix is home to some of the worlds finest chefs and the best restaurants offering your taste buds the opportunity to try everything from Thai toMexican to traditional American cuisine. Many options are available within close proximity to the resort (http://www.shopbiltmore.com) or exploreoutside of the area, visit www.azcentral.com/ent/dining.GolfThe Biltmore has 2 golf courses for year round golf (http://arizonabiltmore.com/golf). In Greater Phoenix, more than 200 championship golfcourses are available to visitors year round. Bring your clubs and soak up the sun. For a listing of golf courses, visit www.visitphoenix.comShoppingThere are many venues to shop and dine in Phoenix, including the Biltmore Fashion Park, Scottsdale Fashion Square, The Borgata of Scottsdale andendless smaller boutiques throughout the state.Activities and Amenities at the ResortWith over 300 days of sunshine annually, the Valley of the Sun provides endless outdoor opportunities to enjoy our glorious weather and wideopen spaces. Explore historical landmarks, local culture and popular recreation spots during your stay. Hike Camelback Mountain and take in apanoramic view of the city, discover the local Scottsdale and Phoenix art scene, or simply stay on the grounds and marvel in the array of activitiesand opportunities available at Arizona Biltmore. Enjoy eight sparkling pools, salsa demo and tasting, life-size lawn chess, croquet or bocce ball onthe lush lawns. The Arizona Biltmore Resort features 740 guest accommodations, 78 one-and two-bedroom villas, eight swimming pools, seventennis courts, a full-service resort spa, salon and fitness center and five dining options. The adjacent Arizona Biltmore Country Club boasts two 18-hole PGA golf courses: The Links and The Adobe.To plan a unique Arizona Biltmore experience or adventure, please call 602.955.6600 and ask for the Biltmore Concierge.Business Travel Visa InformationObtaining a VisaIf it is necessary for you to obtain a visa to attend this conference, you can find relevant information about the application process by visitingwww.Travel.State.Gov and reading about Business Visitor Visas. Apply for your Visa several months in advance of your travel!Important steps to remember: 1. Review your visa status, and find out if you need a U.S. visa or a renewal. 2. Review the visa wait times information for interview appointments and visa processing at each embassy and consular section worldwide available on the U.S. Department of State website at Visa Wait Times. 3. Visit the embassy or consular section website where you will apply for your visa to find out how to schedule an interview appointment, pay fees and any other instructions. 4. Plan on an interview at the embassy or consulate, which is required for most visa applicants. As part of the visa interview, quick inkless fingerprint scans should be expected. Some visa applications require additional administrative processing, which requires some additional time. Applicants are advised when they apply.Letter of InvitationIf you require a letter of invitation from NNS for your visa application, please Submit your Request online.If you have a question, or would like additional information, please contact the Conference Organizers at nns@neurotrauma.org.Visa Waiver ProgramThe Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or lesswithout obtaining a visa. These countries include: Andora, Austrailia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Republicof Korea, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. 11The Patriot Act legislated that all Visa Waiver Program travelers must have a machine-readable passport. For more information, please visit the Visa PageWaiver Program page.
  12. 12. Exhibit, Marketing and Support OpportunitiesNeurotrauma 2012, the 30th Annual Symposium of the National Neurotrauma Society including the AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and CriticalCare will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona on July 22-25, 2012.The Symposium is the premier scientific event for clinicians and researchers in the field of neurotrauma, presenting state of the art approaches andbreaking research. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the number one cause of death in young adults and together with spinal cord injury is a majordeterminant of disability; both diseases incur high socio economic costs both in the acute treatment phase and in the long term due to loss ofproductive life years.As a Supporter or Exhibitor, you will be highly visible and an integral part of the event as each sponsor and exhibitor will be given considerableexposure during the Symposium. The Symposium will provide an unsurpassed opportunity for companies to network and interact with globaldecision makers, critical care and rehab physicians, neurosurgeons and researchers.Important new scientific developments will be presented in plenary and breakout sessions, oral and poster presentations. Controversial issues willbe addressed in round table discussions and pro-con debates. The Symposium will bring together an estimated 700+ scientists and clinicians fromall over the world.Support enables organizations like yours to contribute to the success of Neurotrauma 2012, while benefiting from a high degree of exposure ofyour product and services to your worldwide target audience. Sponsorship of this premier event offers your organization lasting recognition andexposure and will serve to promote the quality of care for patients with brain and spinal cord injury. In this invitation we offer a large number ofopportunities for sponsorship and present details on the exhibits. All exhibitors will have access to a good location and we will ensure maximumdelegate exposure by providing food functions at the exhibition and integrating exhibits with the poster viewing sessions.For more information, please visit our website and download the Exhibit, Marketing & Support Opportunities Prospectus.Conference Organizers 6524 SW 61 Terrace South Miami, FL 33143 305.661.5581 Office 305.661.5567 305.661.0709 Fax Email Us About TLC 12 Page