NTL Issue 11


The First International Conference on Culture, Ethnicity, and Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Washington, D.C. area, U.S.A., March 12 and 13, 2009

Conference Location: Marriott Crystal City, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasgw-crystal-gateway-marriott/

Call for Abstracts: Deadline November 1, 2008 http://www.cerse.vcu.edu/training/details.cfm?id=3

Description: Rehabilitation providers often struggle in their efforts to effectively serve survivors and family members who come from very different cultures and speak different languages.  This conference will bring together brain injury rehabilitation experts from different countries and cultures to discuss and share ideas regarding effective assessment, intervention, and research practices. Program faculty include speakers from Asia, Australia, South America, United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, and the United States.  A full spectrum of topics relating to neurobehavioral, cognitive, functional, vocational, psychosocial, family, and medical aspects of rehabilitation will be addressed via lectures, workshops, panel presentations, and posters. Sessions will also focus on health care disparities, successfully conducting research with multi-ethnic populations, and meeting the clinical care needs of diverse patient populations.

Audience: Multidisciplinary providers who serve both outpatients and inpatients with brain injury and other neurological disorders; rehabilitation researchers and program administrators (Psychiatrists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychologists) 

Sponsors: Virginia Commonwealth University Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, Brain Injury Services, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, International Brain Injury Association, VCU Center for Health Care Disparities and Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Integration for Persons With TBI at TIRR Memorial Hermann. 

Co-Sponsors: Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research, American Psychological Association, Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research, National Resource Center for TBI, Ohio State University, Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation. 

Contact: If you have questions or would like more information about the conference please contact Juan Carlos Arango, Ph.D., USA;jcarangolasp@vcu.edu, 804 828-8797.

The NeuroTrauma Letter is produced quarterly by the International Brain Injury Association.  Please address editorial questions to 

Editor in Chief 
Nathan D. Zasler, M.D., United States