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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


TBI Research Forum

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TBI: Aging, Technology & the Continuum of Care
Friday, March 23, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
VAPAHCS Main Auditorium, Building 101, first floor
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The Forum is open to all researchers and clinical providers interested in TBI. No registration is needed. Lunch is provided.

TBI Research Forum was founded in 2011 by The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) and the Polytrauma System of Care (PSC) and is supported by the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center (WBRC) at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). Its goal is to increase awareness of recent innovations in TBI Research during Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Forum is hosted annually to help disseminate knowledge gained through TBI Research to both researchers and clinicians alike, as well as provide networking opportunities. The Forum attracts over 125 attendees annually from the Northern California VA hospitals and other nearby states as well as local academic and community hospitals involved in TBI research.

Speaker and audience at 2013 TBI Research Forum The Forum presents invited speakers who address an annual theme within TBI, and hosts a poster session open to a variety of brain injury topics, including prevention, diagnostics, treatment, and outcomes. Further, the Forum is supported by a number of Exhibitors from within and outside the VA. Previous themes have included: TBI and Co-Morbidities: PTSD and Spinal Cord Injury (2012), TBI and Aging (2013), TBI and Technology (2014), TBI and Integrative Medicine (2015), and TBI & the Female Veteran (2016) and TBI & Sensory Deficits (2017). The 8th Annual 2018 TBI Research Forum will address TBI: Aging, Technology & the Continuum of Care.

The Forum will open with presentations by four invited guest speakers and an official Forum welcome by Odette Harris, MD, MPH, Associate Chief of Staff, Rehabilitation at VAPAHCS; Director and PI of DVBIC and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University Medical Center. A panel interview with the presenters will follow, moderated by Maheen Adamson, PhD, Senior Scientific Research Director of DVBIC and Clinical Associate Professor (affiliated) Neurosurgery/Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Stanford School of Medicine Stanford CA. The second half of the Forum will include the poster and exhibitor sessions and the networking hour with lunch.

Prior TBI Research Forum Evaluation Highlights:

TBI Forum has been rated by participants as an excellent research meeting over the past 7 years. Participants evaluations for 2017 include:

  • 100% of the participants respond that they would like to see it hosted yearly because it increases their knowledge and understanding of TBI and related topics
  • 90% of the participants rated the Forum as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’
  • The annual TBI Research Forum provides education resources and networking opportunities: 80% of the participants stated they’ve made new professional contacts from among their VA colleagues
  • 80% of the participants stated that the poster presentations/session were interesting and proved a great value to their job and level of training
  • 80% of participants found the academic content of the presentations interesting and appropriate to their job and level of training
  • 98% of participants agreed that presentations increased their level of knowledge and understanding of TBI and related topics
  • 90% of participants agreed what they learned during the Forum presentations and poster sessions will inform their clinical practices
  • 80% of participants agreed what they learned during the Forum presentations and poster sessions will inform their research
Direct comments:
  • Enjoyed the wide range of talks and bringing together different disciplines
  • Excellent speakers and presentations!
  • Well organized
  • Like the interdisciplinary approach
  • Current research and analysis well-presented!
  • The Exhibitors add a nice touch
  • I look forward to this event every year

Panoramic view of the room and TBI Forum attendees

Event Information



Gillian Boyd, LCSW
3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304