Since its inception in 1982, the NNS symposium has served as the premier forum for the exchange of ideas and information related to TBI and spinal cord injury (SCI).
With its focus on integrating clinical, translational and basic science on neurotrauma-related research, combined with the meeting location in Lexington, Ky., the horse capital of the world, this year's theme was: “The Triple Crown: Advances in Basic Sciences, Pre-Clinical Modeling and Clinical Approaches."
The meeting was co-hosted by NNS and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS) Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care.
This combination of expertise allowed for presentations that integrate state-of-the-art clinical, translational and basic science information on the consequences of damage to the nervous system.
Plenary sessions, workshops, and poster sessions were conducted to focus on topics of current research and practice issues. Public lectures, patient perspective presentations, and networking opportunities rounded out the program.
- Dr. Namas Chandra, Director, CIBM3 addressed audience members on the subject of ”Identification of Mild, Moderate and Severe Blast Overpressure Ranges in Blast Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)”
- Dr. Bryan Pfister, Associate Director, CIBM3 presented posters on the subjects of Biomechanics, Concussion and mild TBI
- Affiliated Rutgers faculty member, Dr. Viji Santhakumar spoke on the “Role of Neuro-Immune Plasticity in Post-traumatic Epilepsy.”
Student poster presentations
- Aswati Aravind – Characterization of cumulative subconsussive exposures of blunt and blast injury
- Eren Alay – Protection effectiveness against blast overpressure
- Matthew Kuriakose – Investigation cavitation as a mechanism of blast induced TBI
- Sudeepto Kahali – Artifact free loading conditions in compressed gas driven shock tube
- Daniel Younger – Pathophysiological changes due to blast induced neurotrauma