On April 6, 2017, the Brain Health Research Program Coordinator, COL Sidney Hinds II, was an invited speaker at Virginia Bio's 2017 THRiVE conference held in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The purpose of this conference was to bring Virginia-based academia and industry together with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to discuss the potential for future technological growth within the area. Attendees included leaders of large bioscience companies and startups, healthcare providers, research universities, investors, nonprofits, and professional service providers. Speakers discussed initiatives to attract industry to Virginia and efforts to increase Veteran participation by having them lead the newly formed companies. COL Hinds presented a lecture on ways that potential collaborators would be able to work with the DoD and the VA by highlighting the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium. COL Hinds' participation in this conference is in keeping with the mission of the Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office and is instrumental in fostering continued collaboration between DoD and industry/private partners.
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