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  • 2023-02-09 3:28 PM | NNS Office (Administrator)

    Dear NNS Members

    Happy New Year! As we pass our holiday season and embark on 2023, we have a number of exciting activities upcoming for our NNS members leading up to our 2023 meeting in Austin!

    Our 2023 Virtual Roundtables are off to a great start. We had our first Presidential Roundtable on January 19th, discussing the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy from the NIH. The recording of this session is now available in the Members Only section of the website, and features presentations and discussion from Drs. Lyn Jakeman, Nsini Umoh and Hibah Awwad of NIH, Cassie Myers of Drexel University, and Adam Ferguson, Abel Torres and Russel Huie of UCSF, speaking on the policy and how universities and individual researchers are responding to it. A lot of great resources, including NIH templates for the new Data Management Plan, and links to tutorials on how to upload data to some online repositories, are included. The roundtable had a great discussion from NNS members, and drew 55 participants. I am very grateful for our panelists, and I hope the NNS members found it useful!

    Our next Roundtable, “I Have a PhD, Now What?”, is scheduled for February and will be hosted by our TEAM committee! Be on the lookout for the announcement coming soon!

    Thanks to our Advocacy Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Grace Griesbach, NNS has joined the Steering Committee for the Concussion Awareness Now Campaign! With actress and comedienne celebrity sponsor Rebel Wilson, the campaigns founders (Abbott and the Brain Injury Association of America), and the other members of the steering committee, NNS is happy to work on Concussion Awareness – check out the website for more information:

    Our 2023 Symposium is right around the corner! Co-chairs Drs. Courtney Robertson and Linda Noble with the program committee continue to work on planning a spectacular program for our event at the Marriott Austin Downtown in Austin, TX, from June 25-28th. Registration is open now, and early registration ends on March 17th, with abstracts due on March 3rd!

    Planning for 2024 is already getting off the ground (see the photo below of Drs. Gene Gurkoff, 2024 Planning Committee Co-Chair, Adam Ferguson, Vice-President and President-elect, and Courtney Robertson, 2023 Planning Committee Chair, exploring hotel options for 2024).

    I would like to close by once again thanking all the NNS members for their ongoing support of the Society. I’m excited to show you what we, the NNS Councilors and Officers and the ICS team, have to offer in 2023.

    Best wishes

    Kimberly Byrnes

  • 2023-01-20 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    On Thursday, January 19th, the NNS President, Dr. Kimberly Byrnes, hosted the first Presidential Virtual Roundtable Discussion, " Data Management and Sharing: Adhering to the new NIH Policy". The recording of the roundtable is now available, exclusively for members, in the Members Resources section of the website.  

  • 2023-01-03 6:29 PM | NNS Office (Administrator)

    Help design a new logo for NNS!

    Deadline: February 1, 2023 

    Email your logo design as a high-resolution image to (vector images preferred)

    Voters will decide the winner from the top 3 designs via social media.

    Logo will be used on the NNS website, social media platforms, and the winner will be recognized at NNS 2023 in Austin.

  • 2022-11-28 3:26 PM | NNS Office (Administrator)
    NNS news and updates listed in the November issue of the newsletter. View the latest issue here...
  • 2022-11-24 8:18 PM | NNS Office (Administrator)

    The Membership Committee organized a National Neurotrauma Society booth at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, California, November 13-16. Primary goals were to promote membership benefits by engaging with current and potential members doing trauma-related research.

    The experience was a great success, and we talked with more than 80 people interested in new membership to the Society! This included many students who were interested in mentorship and networking opportunities within the trauma field. Everyone was very enthusiastic about the upcoming conference and loved the guitar logo for Austin. Bonus – we also got to engage with many current NNS members who joined us for daily socials!

    HUGE thank you to NNS members that volunteered at the booth: Cole Vonder Haar, Theresa Currier Thomas, Corina Bondi, Joseph McCabe, Ramesh Raghupathi, David Titus, Shaun Carlson, Eleni Moschonas, Tala Curry, and Olga Kokiko-Cochran.

  • 2022-11-21 6:51 PM | NNS Office (Administrator)

    During the pandemic break, a group of neurotrauma researchers led by Dr. Warren Alilain created the International Online Spinal Cord Injury Research Seminars (I-OSCIRS). This initiative allowed the SCI community to remain connected and updated on the latest scientific advancements, even during lockdowns. These seminars continue to be streamed on their YouTube channel once a month, and here is the upcoming lineup.

    December 6th - England Special featuring:

    • Raquel Oliveira, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, King’s College London.
    • Philippa Warren, PhD, King’s Prize Research Fellow (PI), King’s College London.

    January 10th - Ireland Special featuring:

    • Éimear Smith, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, National Rehabilitation & Mater Misericordiae University Hospitals, Dublin
    • Dearbhaile Dooley, Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Anatomy, University College Dublin

    February 7th – Regular program

    • Mayssa Mokalled, Assistant Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
  • 2022-11-21 6:43 PM | NNS Office (Administrator)

    Adam R. Ferguson, Vice-President (2022-2023)

    Position: Professor of Neurological Surgery, Director of Data Science

    Affiliation: Brain and Spinal Injury Center at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Weill Institute of Neurosciences at UCSF; San Francisco Veterans Affairs Healthcare System

    Research focus: pathological mechanisms of TBI and SCI; open data science; preclinical, clinical, and precision medicine research

    Past roles with NNS: Councilor; Secretary/ Treasurer

    Who or what inspires you: Next generation scientists

    Your goal(s) for this term: In my role as Vice President, I look forward to promoting multi-disciplinary collaborations across next-generation neurotrauma bio-scientists, data-scientists, and clinician-scientists through abstract programming, trainee awards, and related activities.

  • 2022-11-21 6:28 PM | NNS Office (Administrator)

    On August 16, 2022, the “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Law Enforcement Training Act” became law. This bill requires the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to consult with relevant agencies to establish crisis intervention training tools for first responders to address individuals with traumatic brain injuries, acquired brain injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The BJA must ensure that at least one police department designated as a Law Enforcement Mental Health Learning Site utilizes the tools and that such tools are part of the Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit. Additionally, the bill requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study and report about the prevalence and incidence of concussions among first responders. For more information,

  • 2022-11-21 6:28 PM | NNS Office (Administrator)

    A recent opinion article published in the Washington Post by a trio of medical health professionals from Ohio has brought new focus to a vulnerable population often overlooked in trauma care and research: victims of domestic violence. According to the article, 1 in 3 women worldwide will experience intimate partner violence, including violent injury to the head and neck, parallel with strangulation, chokeholds, and suffocation. Furthermore, 50% of these victims are likely to be victims of repeat TBI. Statistics from Ohio’s domestic violence agencies suggest that over 80 percent of survivors have experienced abuse that could lead to brain trauma. Written in the shadow of huge names in football, having had unprecedented TBI occurrences, the trauma outside the limelight requires further attention. Read on here...

  • 2022-11-18 1:09 PM | NNS Office (Administrator)

    Name: Kimberly Byrnes, President

    Position: Professor and Director of the Neuroscience PhD Program

    Affiliation: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

    Research interests: Brain and spinal cord trauma; Inflammation

    Past roles with NNS: Vice-President; Secretary/Treasurer

    Who or what inspires you: I've been inspired by a number of people throughout my life. My graduate school PI inspired me to delve into neurotrauma research, my grad school program director inspired me to aspire to leadership, especially as a woman in science, and my son inspires me to approach every day as a unique opportunity to experience the wonder of the world.

    Your goal(s) for this mandate: I'm thankful and excited to have the opportunity to serve as the 2022/23 NNS President. This year, our goals are to grow and strengthen our committee structure and improve the offerings that the society has for our membership beyond our exceptional yearly symposium. We've a number of web-based roundtable discussions planned for 2023, and are putting into place the structure to keep this offering going into the future. We've also a number of plans to improve our diversity and inclusion initiatives, including development of a new Diversity VISA program that we'll be developing for this coming year.

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