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President's Invitation 2020

The Program Committee has planned an outstanding schedule of activities including a top-notch scientific program. There are also many unique and engaging opportunities for training, networking, and collaboration.

Make plans now to attend!

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Dear Colleagues,


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!

Since its inception, this symposium has brought together scientists, clinicians, and health-care providers who are dedicated to the study of neurotrauma and to translating knowledge generated by research into improved patient care. The theme for Neurotrauma 2020 is “Bidirectional Translation”. Translating basic science to clinical application is more successful when clinical neurotrauma is guiding basic science, and basic science and engineering is informing clinical advances.

As in previous years, we are honored to announce that Neurotrauma 2020 will be cohosted by the National Neurotrauma Society and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/CNS Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care. This combination of expertise allows for true bidirectional translation by integrating state-of-the-art clinical and basic science findings in one scientific venue.

The Scientific Program Committee has put together an exciting symposium comprised of plenary and break-out sessions in which the leading experts will share their up-to-date research findings and opinions. Innovative workshops will cover pertinent topics such as state-of-the-art patient care, the latest in neurotrauma preclinical platforms, and patient and research advocacy.

A central focus of Neurotrauma 2020 will be the highly interactive poster sessions, which stimulate scholarly discussions on cutting edge findings on injury mechanisms, treatment development, and the use of cutting-edge technologies to accelerate discovery at both the bench and the bedside. CME credits will be provided for the meeting.

In addition, several unique opportunities for collaboration and mentoring are planned, including a Welcome Reception on Sunday evening, Lunch & Learn workshops, and a Tuesday evening dinner and awards ceremony at the Georgia Aquarium.

We have reserved a large block of rooms at the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel at a reasonable rate for attendees. A limited number of student and government per diem rate rooms will also be available. Amenities include complimentary WiFi, 24/7 fitness center, business center, on site restaurant, room service, swimming pool and jacuzzi.

Getting to Neurotrauma 2020 will be easy, as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport offers non-stop service to more than 150 domestic and 70 international destinations and is within a two-hour flight of 80 percent of the United States population. Getting from the airport to Downtown Atlanta is quick, with convenient public transit service to Peachtree Center MARTA station, located 1 block away from the hotel. Neurotrauma 2020 promises to provide innovative opportunities for learning, mentoring, and collaboration for all attendees. Every attendee - from trainees newly entering the field, to the seasoned neurotrauma professionals - will discover new information in a scenic and stimulating venue.


I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!



Michelle LaPlaca, Ph.D.

2020 President, National Neurotrauma Society