Activities & Agenda
March 18, 2020 | 8:30AM-3:00PM
Pomerene Hall, Ideation Zone (3rd Floor)
This year, our keynote speaker is Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD, Director of the Translational Neurotrauma Research Program, a joint venture between the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital, the University of Arizona, and the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Dr. Lifshitz leads research on traumatic brain injury as a disease process that dismantles, repairs, and regenerates circuits – with failures in adaptive repair and regeneration that lead to a miswired brain and neurological impairment. He is an internationally recognized scientist with leadership roles at the National Neurotrauma Society, the Arizona the Department of Veteran's Affairs, and the NIH.
The effects of traumatic brain injury affect individuals from that point forward.
When forces are applied to the head, neck, or face, the probability of a traumatic brain injury is high. Although the bruises may heal on the outside, the underlying damage to neural circuitry and vasculature can perpetuate clinical symptoms that interfere with cognitive, emotional, and somatic function. Brain injury can occur to any person, at any time or times in their life, which goes on to affect them from that point forward. Here we review the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury to understand the development of a chronic disease. Along the way, we discuss the physiological, analytical, and biological approaches to evaluate the disease state, while reaching for biomarkers of disease and interventions to provide therapy. In particular, topics of aging with injury, transmission of pathology during pregnancy, and the societal impact of domestic violence will be discussed.
8:00AM Registration & Breakfast
8:45AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:00AM Spotlight Talk: Andrea Tedeschi, PhD | Actin Turnover Promotes Axon Regeneration in the Adult CNS
9:30AM Spotlight Talk: Jaclyn Caccese, PhD | Sensory sensitivity for upright stance sub-acutely following concussion
10:00AM Coffee Break
10:15AM Spotlight Research Presentation 3
10:45AM Lightning Talks
12:00PM Keynote Presentation: Dr. Jonathan Lifshitz | The effects of traumatic brain injury affect individuals from that point forward
1:00PM Poster Session
2:45PM Awards & Closing Remarks