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Dr. Nathan Zasler, Chairperson of IBIA, and the recent recipient of the BIAA’s Shledon Berrol Clinical Service award, was recently invited to be the keynote speaker at the First National Conference on Treatment and Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury in China. The conference was the first multidisciplinary brain injury meeting ever held in China. The meeting which took place in Hangzhou, China from November 4th – 6th, 2011 was organized by Dr. Jianan Lee, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Nanjing Medical University.
The conference was a 3 day event with physicians and other brain injury professionals participating from all over China. Dr. Zasler presented a keynote address on: “Technological and medical advances in brain injury neurorehabilitation” and also gave additional lectures during the conference on Neuro-orthopedic issues in TBI care, Post-concussive disorders, Post-traumatic headache, Psychopharmacology, as well as Disorders of consciousness. Dr. Zasler also was very proud to accept on behalf of the editors of Brain Injury Medicine: Principals and Practice (Dr. Zasler, Dr. Douglas Katz and Dr. Ross Zafonte) the Chinese translation of the first edition of the book which made its debut at the meeting. The second edition which is about 20 chapters longer will be out the middle of next year.
I had the opportunity to present a lecture entitled "Injured Brains-Wounded Minds: The Challenges of Traumatic Brain Injury" at the 8th World Congress of the International Neuropsychiatric Association (INA) in Chennai, India. This lecture was the principal component of a symposium supported by the American Neuropsychiatric Association, for which C. Edward Coffey, MD (Vice-President and CEO, Behavioral Health Services, Henry Ford Health Systems, Detroit, MI) and I served as faculty.
The lecture focused on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and neuropsychiatric outcomes associated with TBI. It was followed by productive discussion with the INA membership about of the challenges of providing neuropsychiatric care to persons with TBI in under-resourced healthcare environments. Our gracious hosts in Chennai, led by Ennapadam S. Krishnamoorthy, MD, PhD (Director, Institute of Neurological Sciences, VHS Hospital in Chennai, India), provided us with opportunities to meet local physicians and to experience the rich culture of Chennai, India. We hope that the information regarding brain injury neuropsychiatry will contribute usefully to the care of persons served by the members of the INA, and that this symposium may set the stage for a similar educational exchange between the INA and the International Brain Injury Association.
On November 28-30, 2011, I took part in The Russian School on Pediatric Neurotraumatology 2011 with International Participation, in Moscow, Russia. The event was organized by the Russian Society on Pediatric Neurosurgery, the Clinical and Research Institute of Emergency Children's Surgery and Trauma, and the Burdenko Neurosurgery Institute. I gave three presentations:
- Neurorehabilitation in patients with brain injury,
- The Infrascanner in the diagnosis of intracranial hemorrhages, and
- Recent trends in neuropsychological Assessments and neurorehabilitation.
I was also invited to head a round table discussion with Russian neuropsychologists on the role of neuropsychology in neurosurgery, TBI, cerebro-vascular disorder and emergency care. Prof. Alexander Potapov, head of the Neurotrauma department at the Burdenko Neurosurgical Institute, honored me with their Medal of Recognition for achievement in my work in rehabilitation of persons with brain injury. I also participated in a conference in St. Petersburg on "Improvement of emergency assistance to TBI patients injured in car accidents". These conferences are part of a regional plan to develop brain injury rehabilitation and treatment services.