The Brain Health Research Program Coordinator, COL Sidney Hinds II, was invited to participate in a panel at the 14th Annual World Congress hosted by the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) on April 18, 2017. The Congress, held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California, brought together researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and funding agencies. The purpose was to exploit synergies among an interdisciplinary group of researchers to accelerate advances in brain and spinal cord injuries as well as image-guided therapies. Topics covered during the meeting include neurosurgery, neurology, psychiatry, radiology, neuroengineering, nano-bio-electronics, and healthcare policy.
COL Hinds' presentation, "Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Biomarkers: Objective Tests in a Heterogeneous Population," was included in the panel titled "Military Medicine: Distinguishing between TBI and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)," chaired by Dr. Maheen Adamson, Senior Scientific Research Director for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. His presentation focused on the pathophysiology of TBI, current knowledge gaps in TBI research, and Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored efforts to identify potential fluid or imaging based biomarkers to diagnose TBI and predict long-term patient outcome following injury.
Participation of the Brain Health Research Program Research Coordinator in conferences, such as the SBMT World Congress, supports the Executive Agent for the prevention, mitigation and treatment of blast injuries in fulfilling their responsibility to bring national and international awareness to brain trauma-related research and clinical practices information and facilitate collaboration among researchers and clinicians focusing on neurological and neuropsychological health across the DoD, other federal agencies, academia, and industry.
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