NABIS Update

Brain injury professionals from all over North and Latin America gathered in Miami, Florida, for the NABIS Brain Injury Conference of Americas in September, 2006. Conference chairperson, Ronald Savage, MEd, worked with section chairs Micky Collins, PhD, Michael Pietrzak, MD, David Seaton, Elisabeth Sherwin, PhD, Bruce Stern, JD and Robert Voogt, PhD, to assemble an outstanding group of over 60 presenters who covered the latest in brain injury treatment, research and rehabilitation.

One highlight of the event was the Blast Injuries Panel, moderated by Michael Pietrzak, MD, which addressed the growing issue of this particular type of wartime injury.  Look for an entire issue of Brain Injury Professionaldevoted to the topic of blast injuries edited by Tina Trudel, PhD, in the coming months. 

The Conference was also the occasion for NABIS to present its three annual awards, which recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field over the last year.  This years’ recipients and their respective categories, were:

Brent Masel, MD – Clinical
Erin Bigler, PhD – Research
Jean Langlois, ScD – Public Policy

It’s not too early to mark your calendars for next year’s NABIS conference, scheduled for October, 2007.  Details will be posted on www.nabis.org as they become available.