The 2012 Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference: Building on the Legacy of Coma to Community is slated for February 23 to 25 and will be hosted at the Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose, Calif. Pre-conference workshops and pre-conference training titled Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialist (ACBIS) training will be available to attendees. The event will be presented by Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s  Rehabilitation Research Center.

According to a recent news release, two days of multi-disciplinary training will follow up the pre-conferences. The training will target state of the art educational sessions about issues in brain treatment and research in both a military and civilian population. The presentation format will reportedly include lectures, panel discussions, and interactive workshops.  

Several keynote speakers are reported to be attending the event. Shane McNamee, MD, Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, Va, will present a session about current traumatic brain injury (TBI) practice and research for active duty military and veterans. George Visger, former San Francisco 49er and TBI advocate will promote self-advocacy, concussion education, and coping strategies. Alan Brightman, vice president, global accessibility, YAHOO!, will speak about technology access issues for individuals with TBI and Chris Nowinski, co-founder and president of the Boston, Ma-based Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis, will reportedly also be in attendance.

The news release also notes that during the last session of the conference, a panel discussion will be held to offer attendees a multidisciplinary continuum of care overview of brain injury treatment, research, advocacy, and living.

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Source: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation Research Center