The Brain Health Research Program Coordinator, COL Sidney Hinds II, represented the Department of Defense (DoD) Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office (PCO) at the 35th Annual National Neurotrauma Society (NNS) Symposium held July 8-12, 2017, in Snowbird, Utah. In addition, COL Hinds was an invited presenter at the pre-meeting workshop on "Environmental Sensor use for Quantifying Neural Exposure to Inertial and Blast Forces." The primary objective of this workshop was to increase understanding of the diagnosis and prevention of brain trauma by updating clinical and basic science researchers on the state of the science of environmental sensors. The workshop was jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and Joint Program Committee-5/ Military Operational Medicine Research Program. COL Hinds' presentation covered a history of environmental sensors and the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's role in past, current, and future environmental sensor efforts. The day-long workshop provided a balance between the technology and physics of blast and blunt sensors and the clinical perspective of these sensors.
The remainder of the symposium consisted of scientific presentations, poster sessions, workshops, and networking events. Topics addressed included acute and chronic effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury, emerging therapies, blast related injuries, and controversies in the field of brain injury and sports concussion. Dr. John Povlishock, Professor and Chair of the Department Anatomy and Neurobiology at Virginia Commonwealth University, provided a plenary anniversary presentation on the history of the TBI field and his experience investigating emerging theories of injury throughout his professional career. Attendees of the meeting included representatives from the DoD, other government agencies, academia, and industry.
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