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President's Invitation 2016

Dear Neurotrauma Colleagues:


On behalf of the National Neurotrauma Society, I would like to invite you to attend The 34th Annual Symposium of the National Neurotrauma Society, including the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Neurotrauma & Critical Care, to be held in Lexington, KY on June 26-29, 2016.


Since its inception in 1982, this symposium has served as the premier forum for the exchange of ideas and information related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI). Due to the strong focus of the meeting to integrate clinical, translational, and basic science neurotrauma-related information, combined with the meeting location in Lexington, KY, the horse capital of the world, this year’s theme is: “The Triple Crown: Advances in Basic Sciences, Pre-clinical Modeling and Clinical Approaches".

As in previous years, this year’s meeting will be co-hosted by the National Neurotrauma Society and the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care.  This combination of expertise allows for presentations that integrate state-of-the-art clinical, translational and basic science information on the consequences of damage to the nervous system.  Expand your horizons by attending sessions from both societies.  As is typical, the format of the symposium will consist of informative discovery, translational, and clinical sessions and workshops, as well as programs for students and early career investigators. Plenary sessions, workshops, and poster sessions are being planned to focus on topics of current research and practice issues. A public lecture, patient perspective presentations, and networking opportunities will round out the program. CME credits will be provided for each day of the meeting.


NNS has reserved a large block of hotel rooms at two major hotels in Lexington: the Hilton Lexington/Downtown and the Hyatt Regency Hotel, with extremely reasonable rates for attendees and a discounted rate for students.  Students should consider reserving one of the limited number of Hilton suites, which accommodates up to 6 people and is equipped with a kitchen and living area to share.  Both hotels are immediately adjacent to the Lexington Center, the meeting headquarters, which has a variety of spaces ideal for large lectures, small discussion groups, and excellent poster space that will be integrated with the exhibit space, lounge areas, and meals. In addition, the Lexington Center is attached to The Lexington Shops as well as to world-renowned Rupp Arena.  Tours of Rupp and the UK Wildcats facility are being planned.


Lexington is easily accessible and economical. Flying over the famous Calumet Farms into the Lexington Bluegrass Airport (LEX), you’ll be greeted by one of the most beautiful air approaches in the county. The Blue Grass Airport provides non-stop flights to 13 large airport hubs with six of the nations top seven airlines, and provides shuttle options to the featured hotels.  Or if you prefer to drive, Lexington is within a day’s drive of 75% of the U.S. population.


At the end of the long workday, exciting activities will follow. Those who attend the WINTR reception will enjoy seafood and microbrews at Food Chain, an innovative nonprofit that provides education and hands-on training for indoor sustainable food production and processing.  Food Chain is combined with West 6th Microbrewery and Smithtown seafood restaurant – all linked in ways you’ll learn about during facilitated tours and tastings. Our Tuesday evening social event, “A Night at the Races”, will be held at Keeneland, a nationally renowned Thoroughbred racecourse, where you can take your chances at Lady Luck.  Rest assured, there will be plenty of opportunity to learn about the rich history of Kentucky Bourbon.  We are also planning a number of exciting student and postdoc team-building exercises that take advantage of a new craze sweeping the country, “BreakOut”, as well as high and low ropes courses and woodlands team-building activities at the Life Adventure Center. Time in the middle of the day and most evenings will be open to enjoy the city.


Please join us in Lexington for what promises to be an excellent meeting in an urban chic and innovative city!


See you in Lexington,


Diane M. Snow

2016 President, National Neurotrauma Society