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2022 Council elections

The Nominations Committee is pleased to share the list of candidates for the 2022 Council election. We thank all candidates standing for election this year.

The voting period is from May 16 - June 27, 2022, and will be held online. On May 16,  all Standard, Nonstudent Trainee, and Emeritus members will receive an email containing a secure election ID code. Members will simply click on the link provided to cast their anonymous votes.

There is a total of nine (9) seats open for nominations this election period: three (3) Council seats, one (1), Training and Diversity Director-Elect seat, one (1) President- Elect, one (1) Vice President-Elect, one (1) Secretary-Elect, and one (1) Treasurer-Elect. We invite all members to review the list of candidates ahead of the voting period. 

2022 Slate of candidates

President-Elect Candidates

Adam Ferguson

Director and Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Adam R. Ferguson, MS, PhD is Director of Data Science in the Brain and Spinal Injury at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Professor of Neurological Surgery in the Weill Institute for Neurosciences at UCSF, and principal investigator in the San Francisco VA Healthcare System. His neurotrauma research interests span from mechanistic neuroscience in model organisms to large-scale clinical data science and precision medicine research for TBI and SCI. He directs a diverse team of researchers performing a hybrid of bench neuroscience in the laboratory and translational data science, supported by grants from the NIH, VA, DoD and non-profits. He has a history of active participation in the National Neurotrauma Society. As a postdoc he won the Michael Goldberger research prize and later transitioned into faculty. He has served as an elected councilor and Secretary/Treasurer of NNS, and currently serves as Vice President Elect. His community and public service roles include serving as founding co-director of international data sharing efforts in neurotrauma through the Open Data Commons for SCI (odc-sci.org) and TBI (odc-tbi.org); representing the field at National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshops on the data lifecycle in biomedicine; serving on NIH/NINDS TBI common data elements workgroups; and federal study sections. He also has a strong dedication to teaching and mentorship of next-generation researchers. He serves as curriculum director for data science and biostatistics for the UCSF Biomedical Sciences graduate program and has served as sponsor/mentor on 16 successful fellowships including 5 NRSAs, a NIH K99R00, an NIH diversity supplement, NIH BD2K RoadTrip fellowship, VA Career Development awards, among others. He has authored 180+ peer-reviewed papers with trainees from diverse and multidisciplinary backgrounds across bench science, data science, and clinical neurotrauma research.

Douglas Smith

Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Douglas H. Smith, M.D., is the Robert A. Groff Endowed Professor of Teaching and Research in Neurosurgery and Director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Smith is the Scientific Director of the Big 10/ Ivy league Collaboration on Concussion and he also serves as a member on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the US National Football League (NFL), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)-DoD consortium on concussion and the International Concussion Society. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of State Department asked Dr. Smith to lead an investigation into neurological deficits induced in members of the embassy in Cuba, which led to the discovery of a new disorder, “Havana Syndrome.”

Dr. Smith’s group has established that damage to brain networks and specifically, diffuse axonal injury (DAI), represents key pathological processes underlying concussion symptoms and that the extent of acute axonal pathology is predictive of cognitive outcome. In addition, his group has discovered mechanisms of concussion and more severe TBI that lead to progressive neurodegeneration, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy. These collective research efforts are represented in over 250 published scientific reports earning an h-index of over 90. His awards include the Dorothy Russell medal, the highest honor conveyed by the British Neuropathological Society and the William Osler Patient Oriented Research Award from the University of Pennsylvania, the highest clinical research honor.


Vice President-Elect Candidates

Corina Bondi

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Growing up in post-communist Romania, Corina witnessed the assiduous effort made by educated individuals to boost transparency, diverse participation, and equal opportunities in the sciences. After moving to the USA, she obtained her BS in Neuroscience and Physics from Muskingum University, OH (2003), followed by a PhD in Pharmacology/Neuroscience from the University of Texas Health Sciences at San Antonio (2009). Following postdoctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh, she was appointed as an assistant professor in PM&R in 2015, where she is currently under review for promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure. Corina is also serving as training faculty in the School of Medicine, the Center for Neuroscience, as well as at Childrens’ Hospital. Her NIH-funded research aims to refine therapeutic strategies after experimental TBI, such as pharmacotherapies and environmental enrichment, for complex cognitive deficits and distinct neurochemical alterations relevant to psychiatric disorders. With her background in the modulatory interaction of neurotransmitters in the frontal lobe spanning across two decades, her independent scientific program complements the collaborative environment in neurotrauma. She has authored 55 manuscripts.

Corina serves on the editorial boards for Brain Research, Medicine®, and BMC Neuroscience, and as a reviewer on study sections with the NIH, the DoD, Veterans Affairs, and the NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research. She enjoys mentoring young scientists at all training levels, both in the laboratory and through national mechanisms, and building a road map for their successful career paths, fostering open communication, welcoming diversity, providing constructive feedback, and nurturing a positive attitude towards professional development. She recently completed the University of Pittsburgh’s Mental Health Champion Certificate Program to learn additional techniques to promote student well-being. To give back to the community that supported my upbringing, I established, in 2015, an annual scholarship using personal funds for my middle- and high school-alma maters in Calarasi, Romania, which awards winners in Mathematics, Physics, and Biology $100 USD each for travel expenditures to the Romanian National Olympiads. Thus far she has supported over 20 students.

Corina has been actively involved with NNS since 2012 and she held the Secretary/Treasurer position, chaired the Membership and Finance/Fundraising Committees, and currently serves on the Program Committee. She served as Local Host Chair for the 2019 meeting, organized a well-attended webinar in partnership with the NIH entitled, “Advancing Diversity & Inclusive Excellence in NNS: NIH Tools & Resources”, and co-organized the 5K Fun Run/Walk, which raised nearly $18,000 in the last two years, Corina is also the program director for the Rehabilitation Institute Research Day at Pitt where she implemented and hosted a day of research with more than 200 attendees. These experiences have taught her highly effective ways and skills for interacting with the Council and the membership, thus ensuring that she will be successful and efficient at fulfilling her duties as Vice President. Having advanced from postdoctoral trainee to mid-career faculty in NNS, she truly enjoys serving the interests of our members and jointly working towards the continued success of neurotrauma research and sustained growth of our Society.

David Loane

Assistant Professor , Trinity College Dublin

Dr. David Loane is the current Treasurer of the National Neurotrauma Society (NNS) and a member of the 2022 Symposium Program Planning Committee. He is a long-standing member of both NNS and TEAM, and has performed numerous activities for the Society including as NNS Councilor (2017-2019), NNS Finance Committee Chair (2021), Symposium Presenter, Symposium Chair, and Symposium Abstract Judge. He has organized local scientific meetings (>100 attendees) in USA and Ireland focused on trainee presentations in both oral and poster formats. He was also the founding co-lead of the Current Topics in TBI webinar series that reconnected the neurotrauma community during the difficult early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, these experiences position him to perform the important duties of the NNS Vice President and he is looking forward to continuing his service to the Society in this capacity.

Dr. Loane is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and adjunct Faculty Member at the Shock Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Loane leads a multi-disciplinary research team dedicated to studying brain/systemic inflammation and chronic injury responses following TBI. Dr. Loane’s research team includes post-doctoral fellows and graduate students, and he and his team routinely present at the NNS Symposium. Dr. Loane is passionate about supporting the career development of the next generation of research leaders who will unravel the complexities of TBI pathophysiology and translate their basic research findings to the clinic for human head injury.


Secretary-Elect Candidates

Brenda Bartnik

Associate Professor , Loma Linda University

Brenda Bartnik Olson, PhD is an Associate Professor of Radiology and Basic Sciences at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She serves as the Co-Director of Basic Science Research for the Department of Radiology. Her preclinical research focuses on alternative energy substrates to ameliorate metabolic and dysfunction following traumatic brain injury, with her clinical translation research studies incorporating multiparametric approaches to evaluate MR imaging and spectroscopy biomarkers of outcome and treatment response. Dr Bartnik Olson received her doctorate in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Saskatchewan followed by post-doctoral training at UCLA under the guidance of Dr. David Hovda, studying traumatic brain injury induced alterations in glucose metabolism.

Dr Bartnik Olson has been an active member of the National Neurotrauma Society since 2002 and was awarded the WiNTR award twice, as a PhD candidate and as a post-doctoral fellow. She has been actively engaged as a volunteer in the society’s educational and fundraising efforts and a member of the 2022 NNS Planning Committee.

Joseph McCabe

Professor , Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Joseph (Joe) McCabe is Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs of the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics, and a Professor in the Neuroscience and the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Programs at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University (USU). He received his undergraduate training in psychology at Rutgers College, an M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Neuropsychology from the City University of New York. Dr. McCabe spent 11 years at The Rockefeller University before his move to USU. He serves as the Co-Director for Translational Research in the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at USU. His laboratory is interested in animal modeling of TBI and behavioral assessments and the development of pharmacological therapies that may reduce the functional consequences of brain injury. For the National Neurotrauma Society, he is an abstract reviewer for the national meetings and serves on the Publications Committee.


Treasurer-Elect Candidates

Gene Gurkoff

Professor , University of California

Dr. Gene Gurkoff, Ph.D.: Dr. Gurkoff received his B.S. in neuroscience from Brown University in 1998, his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2006, joined the faculty at the University of California Davis in 2012, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Gurkoff’s current research focuses on how traumatic brain injury leads to alterations in brain connectivity and cognitive dysfunction in the weeks following injury and whether modulating neural activity, either electrically or chemically, can entrain injured networks and improve outcome. This year represents the 19th consecutive National Neurotrauma Symposium attended by Dr. Gurkoff and the 7th where his trainees have been able to present. Dr. Gurkoff has been an active participant at the Symposium including being a regular presenter, participant in WiNTR/TEAM and attending the business meetings. Dr. Gurkoff as a past president of TEAM, Council Member, and member of the Program Committee and in the last two years has been on the TEAM, Communications and also Advocacy Committees. He has constantly volunteered to help his colleagues as well as the National Neurotrauma Society wherever and whenever he can, and has never been afraid to voice his opinion. The National Neurotrauma Society has provided so many opportunities for Dr. Gurkoff at each stage of his career and he is always excited for the opportunity to give back.

Josh Morganti

Assistant Professor , University of Kentucky

Josh Morganti, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and Department of Neuroscience at The University of Kentucky. Dr. Morganti received his PhD from the University of South Florida in 2011 under the mentorship of Paula Bickford, PhD focusing on chemokine-receptor driven modulation of neuroinflammation in aging, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease models. From 2012-2016 he completed his postdoctoral work under the mentorship of Susanna Rosi, PhD at UCSF/BASIC examining peripheral monocytes’ contribution to neuropathological outcomes in traumatic- and radiation-induced injuries to the CNS. At the University of Kentucky, Dr. Morganti’s broader research interests center around understanding neuroimmunological triggers and susceptibility of the aging brain in following trauma, vascular injury, and mixed-etiology dementias. Current focuses in the lab are aimed at dissecting how disease-related alterations in microglia:astrocyte crosstalk mediated through specific transcription factors may drive dysfunctional chronic outcomes in mouse models recapitulating aspects of chronic neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Morganti is the PI on multiple grants currently awarded through the NIA, NINDS, and CureAlzheimer’s to pursue these endeavors.


Training and Diversity Director-Elect Candidates

Tiffany Greco

Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

As a member of both the National Neurotrauma Society (NNS) and TEAM (previously WiNTR) since 2011, Tiffany looks forward to serving as Diversity Director Elect. Tiffany’s experiences as a Latina within the field of Neurotrauma from a Postdoc to now an Assistant Professor and as the previous TEAM Diversity Liaison have allowed her to have a current perspective on the challenges that women and other underrepresented minorities experience. As Diversity Director Elect, she will continue prioritization of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within NNS through open expression of identity and/or culture, recruitment and development of diverse future members as well as ongoing mentorship development. This role will also identify recruitment strategies to create a more welcoming environment for all backgrounds and education levels and investigate opportunities to create DEI-related volunteer positions that would further the NNS diversity mission through education of members to prejudices, racisms, implicit biases, gender and social justice as they pertain to not only to NNS, but neurotrauma research. Current NNS and TEAM sponsored diversity awards will be reviewed to ensure inclusivity and reduce systemic barriers. This strategy is an ongoing commitment to foster an environment of inclusive culture that will facilitate current and future members to be their most authentic and successful selves.

Cole Vonder Haar

Professor, Ohio State University

Cole graduated with a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and subsequently performed a Canadian Institutes for Health Research-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia. His area of research expertise is in behavioral neuroscience, and more specifically, animal models for chronic psychiatric dysfunction after TBI. He established His laboratory at West Virginia University, but recently relocated to Ohio State University as part of the Chronic Brain Injury program and Department of Neuroscience. Cole is currently funded by the NINDS. He first joined the National Neurotrauma Society in 2008 as an undergraduate. Since then, he attended 10 of the last 13 meetings and gradually become more involved in the society. He served as the secretary/treasurer of TEAM prior to it being folded into an NNS committee. Cole served on the TEAM and Membership committees and helped to organize TEAM events at NNS, the mentor/mentee program, and member roundtable discussions. He was part of the 2019 Pittsburgh symposium organizing committee.

Cole is extensively involved in mentoring- and diversity-related activities, particularly as it relates to undergraduate education. He currently helps with an NIH-funded R25 grant to provide a summer research internship opportunity for underrepresented high school students and previously mentored three students through an American Psychology Association-funded summer research program for underrepresented minorities and the McNair program. Cole was recently recognized with a university-level award for Distinction in Undergraduate Mentoring (2020).

In the position of Training and Diversity Director, Cole will strive to make the NNS as inclusive as possible. This will be accomplished by maintaining the ongoing programs started under TEAM (e.g., Mentor/Mentee program, roundtables, symposium sessions) and expanding to understand and address challenges to diversity. Specifically, if we can identify the core barriers to a more diverse NNS (e.g., transitions from grad to postdoc to faculty?), we can work to identify solutions. These solutions might include obtaining additional grant funding or shifting NNS funding priorities (e.g., as has been done with travel awards) or learning from other neuroscience subdisciplines which have been successful in these areas. His goal is to make the TEAM committee as inclusive as possible and particularly to serve as a voice for early career trainees who are the future of our society.


Councilor Candidates 

Kristen Dams-O'Connor

Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Kristen Dams-O’Connor, Ph.D. is Jack Nash Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) in New York, NY. She serves as Director of the Brain Injury Research Center (BIRC) of Mount Sinai and is a Professor of Neurology at ISMMS. Her multidisciplinary research program aims to identify mechanisms, risk, and protective factors to improve long-term outcomes in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and repetitive head trauma sustained through sports participation, military service, and intimate partner violence. She leads the Late Effects of TBI (LETBI) Project, a prospective longitudinal TBI brain donor program focused on characterizing the clinical phenotype and postmortem pathological signatures of post-traumatic neurodegeneration and associations with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-related dementias (ADRDs). Her team uses modern psychometric and statistical techniques to measure individual differences in trajectories of change over time among survivors of TBI. One goal of this work is to improve diagnosis of secondary post-traumatic conditions during life so they can be treated. She is Project Director of the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of care, one of 16 centers of excellence for TBI research and clinical care in the United States. Her research is supported by federal grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control, and Patient Reported Outcomes Research Institute. She has published over 150 manuscripts and chapters on TBI treatments and outcomes, and she has presented her research internationally.

Dr. Dams-O’Connor has been an active NNS member since 2013, during which time she has spoken regularly at scientific meetings, participated in mentorship initiatives, served as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Neurotrauma, and promoted NNS advocacy and fundraising efforts. She is committed to career development and mentorship across career stages, having mentored trainees and scholars who are now federally funded postdoctoral fellows, NIH K-awardees, and independent clinicians and investigators. Dr. Dams-O’Connor has led and/or served on multiple federal initiatives to identify common data elements, establish data sharing and reporting standards, and set national priorities for neurotrauma research. As a NNS Councilor, she will work with the NNS Council to identify opportunities to ensure NNS members are represented as key stakeholders in national and international neurotrauma research agenda-setting and advocacy efforts. She is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity in a professional organization that supports and promotes mentorship, lifelong learning, evidence-based clinical care, and rigorous multidisciplinary research to improve the lives of individuals living with neurotrauma.

John Gensel

Associate Professor, University of Kentucky

Since the late 90’s as an undergraduate in the laboratory of Dr. Tracy McIntosh at the University of Pennsylvania John has been studying the functional and neuroinflammatory consequences of neurotrauma. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in the Beattie/Bresnahan Laboratory. After a post-doc with Dr. Phillip Popovich at OSU, he joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky (UK). John is currently an Associate Professor of Physiology and Endowed Chair and Acting Director for the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center at UK. He direct a diverse and motivated group of individuals that study the neuroinflammatory consequences of neurotrauma with the goal of exploiting the reparative aspects of inflammation to enhance recovery. John is the primary mentor for six NINDS funded F31, F32, or T32 trainees, a Co-PI for a recently renewed T32 training grant, and serve on admission/advisory committees for multiple student training programs (Masters, MD/Ph.D., etc.). He is also a member of the North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium (NASCIC) working group for advocacy training and Chair of the Open Data Commons for Spinal Cord Injury (ODC-SCI) Community Board. Collectively, he is very engaged in trainee development, advocacy, and FAIR data-sharing practices. John has been an active presenter and member of the NNS for 20 years. The NNS has supported him throughout his career by providing opportunities for collaborations, friendships, and training through meaningful scientific interactions with his peers. He is eager to continue the wonderful traditions of the society as a council member while embracing the currently evolving training and research environment.

Grace Griesbach

National Director of Clinical Research, Centre for Neuro Skills

Dr. Griesbach is the National Director of Clinical Research for the Centre for Neuro Skills. She received her doctorate in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin under the training of National Academy of Science member, Dr. Abram Amsel. She later did her post-doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under the guidance of Dr. David Hovda. Her preclinical studies have focused on understanding how pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury (TBI) influences experience dependent plasticity at a molecular and cognitive level. Findings obtained from these studies have had a strong impact in the implementation of physical activity after TBI and have expanded to the clinical field. Current research projects include exploring neuroendocrine and sleep influences on post-acute recovery after TBI and stroke. She currently holds a position at the Neurosurgery Department at UCLA. Dr. Griesbach has been an active member promoting NNS Advocacy efforts and was NNS President for 2020-2021. She is currently the Program Chair for the upcoming NNS Symposium to be held in Atlanta GA.

Bridgette Semple

Professor, Monash University

Dr. Bridgette Semple heads the Pediatric Neurotrauma Group in the Department of Neuroscience at Monash University's Central Clinical School, based at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on acute and chronic neuropathology after traumatic injury to both the adult and pediatric brain, using animal models and human samples, with a particular interest in neuroinflammation, behavioural outcomes, and post-traumatic epilepsy. Dr. Semple completed her PhD at Monash University in 2010, then conducted postdoctoral training at the University of California San Francisco, USA (2011-2015), before returning to Melbourne in 2015. Her research program is supported by funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, the US Department of Defence, and Monash University. Dr. Semple has been continuously involved in the National Neurotrauma Society (NNS) since 2009, when she first joined WiNTR as a trainee representative. She has since served as WiNTR newsletter editor, WiNTR international liaison, and TEAM Secretary, and is the current NNS Secretary (2021-22). She is also a member of the Executive Committee for the International Neurotrauma Society (INTS), and served as co-Program Chair for the INTS 2020 virtual conference. She is passionate about promoting and supporting inclusivity, and gender equality in particular, in research and academic settings.

Ramesh Raghupathi

Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University

Ramesh Raghupathi has been working in the field of traumatic brain injury since he started as a post-doctoral fellow in 1991. He has been a member of NNS since that time and regularly attended the annual meetings for the past 25+ years. Over the past 29 years, he developed and characterized animal models of mild, moderate and severe TBI in rats and mice and utilized behavioral measures of cognition, motor function and emotional behaviors to functionally validate these pre-clinical models. Ramesh’s contributions to the field of TBI research ranged from identifying apoptotic cell death in both rat and human brains, using transgenic technology to elucidate roles for specific proteins in the neuropathology of TBI, combining molecular genetics and pharmacology to identify therapeutic targets for TBI and more recently, incorporating chemogenetics to evaluate circuit dysfunction and neural activity following TBI. The major pillars of investigation that his research rest on are sex differences, age-appropriate models of TBI, injury severity, and chronic effects of TBI on cognition and psychosocial behaviors. The mission of my research is to develop age-appropriate and mechanism-based treatment strategies across the injury spectrum.

Education and mentorship of the next generation of neurotrauma researchers is a passion of mine. Ramesh has been training graduate students in his own laboratory for 15 years. He strives to promote diversity in in multiple ways by offering research opportunities to URM students from local high schools, undergraduate institutions, and post-baccalaureate programs. The overarching principle that governs my interaction with students is that each student needs to have a tailored plan. He ensures that all students who come to his lab are allowed to exercise their will in determining their future and he serves as the facilitator of this process. The essential skills needed to allow them to succeed in the research workforce such as public speaking, scientific communication, public advocacy, which alongside their technical training in experimental design and manuscript/grant writing, are part of the training plan. In addition to the scientific process, Ramesh takes scientific communication and public advocacy seriously and encourage his students to participate in outreach to inner city schools and public science events. As an immigrant and a person of color, Ramesh is acutely aware of the biases that the academic culture exhibits, and he strives to ensure that his students do not have to face discrimination based on their background or even their academic training. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Neuroscience discipline for the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).

As a Councilor in the Society, Ramesh’s goal is to facilitate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, Mentorship, and developing programs that promote sound experimental design, statistical methodology and the application of quantitative approaches in trainees’ research activities.

Rachel Rowe

Assistant Research Professor, University of Colorado

Rachel K. Rowe, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado—Boulder. Dr. Rowe received her PhD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine where she trained at the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center and completed her dissertation on post-traumatic sleep following diffuse brain injury. She received her post-doctoral training at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the University of Arizona College of Medicine—Phoenix where she continued to study brain injury-induced alterations to homeostasis including sleep and endocrine disruptions. Dr. Rowe’s laboratory is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. Her ongoing research projects focus on pathological sleep following acquired neurological injuries, neurodegenerative diseases, and aging. She is specifically interested in the role of microglia in sleep under normal physiological conditions and following an inflammatory stimulus, such as a brain injury. Dr. Rowe has been an active member of the National Neurotrauma Society for over a decade. She has served on the membership committee, communications and marketing committee, fundraiser committee for the Neurotrauma 5k fun run, and has volunteered as a reviewer for symposium abstracts, reviewer for trainee and diversity awards, and served as a poster judge. Dr. Rowe has also participated in past symposiums as a speaker, chair, and co-chair of sessions covering cutting-edge topics such as sleep, microglia, and domestic violence. This year, Dr. Rowe will chair the session, “Understanding Sleep After Neurotrauma: A Strategy for Novel Therapeutic Approaches”. Dr. Rowe is committed to trainees, active participation in TEAM mentoring activities, and will continue to present at annual meetings and serve the National Neurotrauma Society.

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