Wayne State University

Aim Higher

2011 WSU Traumatic Brain Injury Workshop
Nov. 18th, 2011,
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has an incidence rate of 1.5 million people in this country and has increasingly gained national awareness. Wayne State University (WSU) has the longest history of TBI research in the nation and been known for injury mechanism investigation, basic research and clinical studies. This workshop aims to bring together our faculties and scholars doing research on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and will provide the opportunity for everyone to communicate and collaborate in a highly interactive setting. It will be held Friday, November 18th, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 pm in the Margherio Family Conference Center in the Richard J. Mazurek, M.D., Medical Education Commons, 320 E. Canfield, at the Wayne State School of Medicine. Lunch is available in the cafeteria adjacent to the conference center.

The Workshop:

The TBI Workshop will consist of four sessions covering the following three major themes in TBI research: 1) neuroimaging technical development and biomarkers of TBI, 2) fundamental mechanisms and animal research in TBI, and 3) treatment and rehabilitation of TBI respectively. Sessions will have an expected mean duration of one and half an hours each, two in the morning and two in the afternoon with a 30-minute coffee break in the morning and afternoon. Each session will include 20 speakers each presenting an overview of their work or their groupís work for 10 to 12 minutes with time for questions. The keynote speakers have a little longer. Closing comments will focus on enhancing ongoing communications between groups, use of a special website for this purpose, and potential political support for raising awareness of all our work at the national level toward structuring a major TBI research center at WSU. For an overview of the preliminary program please see TBI_Workshop_Final_Program.pdf. This site will be regularly updated. Finally, Prof. Haacke will announce a call for research proposals for graduate student support based on new ideas in TBI research that will bring together new collaborative efforts within the Program in TBI Research.

The Students' Poster Presentation:

This year, all the students who are involved in TBI research are highly encourage to prepare and present their work (as a poster) to their colleagues and other faculty members. During and after the lunch break, we encourage the workshop attendees to circulate with the students to discuss their projects. We highly recommend all faculty to encourage their students to get involved as this activity will serve as a rehearsal for national and international poster presentations and will help spread the word about the ongoing TBI projects at WSU. The deadline for receipt of poster titles is November 15th, 2011, but the earlier we receive this information the better. This will help estimate the total number of posters and plan the exhibition area accordingly. Every participating student is required to bring his/her poster (Standard 3' x 3' posters are acceptable) at 8:00 am on the presentation day for set up purposes. Also submit an electronic version of your poster to chabib@med.wayne.edu , as this will be uploaded to the workshop website for future reference. Please include the title, authors (indicating attending author) and author affiliations. Should you have any questions, please contact our workshop coordinator Mr. Charbel Habib.

Organizing Committee

Dr. E. Mark Haacke (Chair)
Email: nmrimaging@aol.com

Dr. Zhifeng Kou
Email: zhifeng_kou@yahoo.com

Dr. John Cavanaugh
Email: cavanau@eng.wayne.edu

Dr. Albert I. King
Email: king@rrb.eng.wayne.edu

Dr. Jay Meythaler
Email: jmeythal@med.wayne.edu

Coordinator

Mr.Charbel Habib
Email: chabib@med.wayne.edu