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Congratulations to the 2020-2021 elected Officers and Councilors





Courtney Robertson, PhD
Johns Hopkins

Vice President-Elect

Alana Conti re

Alana Conti, PhD
Wayne State University


David Loane

David Loane, PhD
University of Maryland


Councilor 3-Yr


Katheryn Saatman, PhD
University of Kentucky

Councilor 2-Yr

Alana Conti re

Michelle LaPlaca, PhD
Georgia Tech

Councilor 2-Yr

David Loane

Amy Wagner MD
University of Pittsburgh

Journal Breaking News

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    • Multiple Object Tracking Scores Predict Post-Concussion Status Years after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Aug 7, 2020 | 12:34 pm read more...
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Biomarkers of Brain Connectivity in Predicting Outcome after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review Aug 7, 2020 | 12:34 pm read more...
    • Functional Connectivity Changes in Retired Rugby League Players: A Data-Driven Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study Aug 7, 2020 | 12:33 pm read more...

Scientific Profiles

  • Jonathan Lifshitz, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    Director, Translational Neurotrauma Research Program
    Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
    The University of Arizona

    The National Neurotrauma Society is a community of scientists and health care providers who care not only for patient quality of life, but the scientific rigor supporting clinical practice and the career development of those interested in the field. My team views that annual symposium as an anchor point in our research to present our findings, reconnect with colleagues, and celebrate science.              

    Jonathan Lifshitz, Ph.D.

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  • Grace S. Griesbach, Ph.D.

    National Direct of Clinical Research - Centre for NeuroSkills

    I have always strived to conduct research that will lead to a significant clinic impact. Reminiscing, my interest in translational research evolved within the National Neurotrauma Society, back in the days when it was held in conjunction with the Society for Neuroscience. It was always exciting to see how basic neuroscience concepts could be applied to the research and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury. Since then I have been fortunate to witness the growth of NNS. It is inspiring to see how the society strives to have meaningful novel research while not losing focus on its original concerns.              

    Grace S. Griesbach, Ph.D.

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  • Gregory W. J. Hawryluk, M.D., Ph.D. ...

    University of Utah – Medical Center

    Since early in my career I have viewed the National Neurotrauma Society and its members as pursuing the noblest of causes - to find a cure or effective treatment for the devastation of brain and spinal cord injuries. I have been grateful for tremendous collegiality and encouragement from those affiliated with the NNS and am inspired to work collaboratively with these honorable people for the common good. The NNS provides a culture medium for academic enrichment and for the personal and professional bonds that will be key to curing the terrible conditions we study.              

    Gregory Hawryluk

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  • Coleen M. Atkins, Ph.D.

    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

    Being a member of the National Neurotrauma Society has been incredibly beneficial for my research in traumatic brain injury. My favorite perk of membership is the savings for attending the National Neurotrauma Symposium. At this meeting, I connect with collaborators and have the opportunity to present my research to leaders in the neurotrauma field. Every time I attend the meeting, I leave with helpful tips to improve on the methods that I am using in the laboratory.

    Coleen M. Atkins

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Symposium News

  • NeuroTrauma2020
    After careful consideration, the leadership of the National Neurotrauma Society has made the difficult decision to CANCEL the upcoming Neurotrauma 2020 meeting scheduled for June 28-July 1 in Atlanta, GA.   Read more

    On behalf of the National Neurotrauma Society, it is with great enthusiasm that I invite you to attend the 38th Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium, Neurotrauma 2020, to be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, from June 27-July 1, 2020. Join your colleagues at the premier forum for traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury research and clinical advances!

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    General Info 2020


    The Women in Neurotrauma Research – Visiting International Scholar Award (TEAM RESEARCH) provides an opportunity for international collaboration by subsidizing both travel to the National Neurotrauma Symposium and a brief period of research training/collaboration in a sponsor’s laboratory.

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  • Trainee Travel Awards

    NNS Trainee Travel Awards

    Deadline: April 1, 2021

    The National Neurotrauma Society offers two types of travel awards to ensure that undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are given every opportunity to attend the conference and present their work.

    To apply for a travel award, you must register online and submit an abstract.

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Ask an expert

Why did you choose to study neurotrauma? How did you find your niche within the field?

NNS member

Mayumi Prins, PhD Professor of Neurosurgery
UCLA Brain Injury Research Center
I worked in the lab during my undergraduate running HPLC samples. I had the rare honor of meeting the mom of an 18yo girl who drove for the first time by herself when she was hit by another car and had severe TBI. Seeing first hand how this young girl’s life was completely changed really affected me and soon after that I started my research on TBI in the developing brain. She was/is my inspiration.