40th Annual Brain Impairment Conference of ASSBI
Looking back to look ahead: 40 years of science, practice and education in brain impairment.
1 - 3 June 2017 Grand Hyatt Melbourne Australia
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40th ASSBI Brain Impairment Conference 2017 MELBOURNE
Working together to improve the lives of people with brain impairment
Professor Roshan Das Nair Roshan is Professor of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology at the University of Nottingham and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. He is Co- Chief Investigator of the Rehabilitation of Memory in Brain Injuries (ReMemBrIn) trial (www.remembrin.org), and Cognitive Rehabilitation of Attention and Memory in Multiple Sclerosis (CRAMMS) trial (both funded by the National Institute for Health Research, UK). These are amongst the world’s largest clinical trials of cognitive rehabilitation. Roshan completed his training in Clinical Psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in India and his PhD in Psychology from the University of Nottingham, UK. Roshan will be presenting Workshop 1 (half day) entitled Developing and evaluating complex interventions: Putting the Medical Research Council Framework into practice and a Keynote Address entitled: Memory rehabilitation in acquired brain injuries: On the bumpy road to establishing evidence. Dr Tessa Hart Tessa received a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Houston, where she specialized early in rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury (TBI). She spent more than 15 years treating and developing programs for people with acquired brain injury and their families in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings before joining the MRRI faculty as a full-time researcher in 1999. She is Principal Investigator of the Moss Traumatic Brain Injury Model System funded by the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and has also received funding from the NIH, The Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Einstein Society. She is a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) and the American Psychological Association (APA), and has served on the ACRM Board of Governors. She is also a past-President of APA’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology. Dr Hart has been an invited member of numerous expert panels on TBI and review panels for TBI research, and has served on the Editorial Board of six prominent journals. Her work has been recognized by the Pioneer Award from The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, the Cohen Award from the Einstein Healthcare Network, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group of the ACRM, the Solomon Award from the Rusk/ NYU Medical Center, the Diller Award from APA Division 22, and the Norington Medal from the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. Tessa will be presenting Workshop 3 (half day) entitled What Are We Doing When We Treat Our Patients? A Scheme-in-Progress for Analyzing the Active Ingredients of Rehabilitation and a Keynote Address entitled: Anger Self-Management in Traumatic Brain Injury: Outcomes and Lessons Learned from a Randomized Clinical Trial A/Professor William Levack William is an Associate Professor in Rehabilitation at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where he also works as the Associate Dean Research for the University’s Wellington campus. Originally training as a physiotherapist, Dr Levack completed his Masters in Health Science endorsed in Rehabilitation in 2001 and a PhD in interdisciplinary rehabilitation in 2008. His work focuses on patient experiences of rehabilitation, goal setting processes, and interventions to increase patient engagement in rehabilitation activities, particularly in the areas of neurological and respiratory rehabilitation. He served as Executive Member of the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association, including as Treasurer and Secretary between 2004 and 2015.  William has published 41 peer-reviewed articles, several book chapters, and, in 2015, a textbook entitled: “Rehabilitation Goal Setting: Theory, Practice and Evidence” with colleague, Professor Richard Siegert.  In 2016, William was part of a core group of international promotors who successful established Cochrane Rehabilitation – a new specialist Field within the Cochrane – and now works on the Executive Committee of this group. William will be presenting Workshop 2 (half day) entitled: Goal setting, motivation, and patient engagement in neurorehabilitation and a Keynote Address entitled: From research to practice – knowledge translation in brain injury rehabilitation. Professor Olivier Piguet Olivier is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and the newly appointed Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Sydney. A clinical neuropsychologist with over 20 years clinical experience in the field of ageing and neurodegeneration, he is the co-director of FRONTIER, the frontotemporal dementia clinical research group and the director of the Memory Program of the Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders supported by the Australian Research Council. Olivier trained in Geneva and Melbourne and completed his PhD at the University of Sydney. After a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, he established his research group at Neuroscience Research Australia in 2007 until 2016. His research focuses on early clinical markers of frontotemporal dementia and related younger-onset dementia syndromes. He is particularly interested in the biological correlates underlying changes in social cognition, memory and executive function in these disorders. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics. Olivier will be presenting Workshop 4 (half day) entitled Clinical presentations and neurobiology of younger onset dementia syndromes and a Keynote Address entitled The long and winding road: (Social) cognition and sense of identity in dementia Professor Jacinta Douglas Jacinta is Professor of Acquired Brain Injury and holds the Summer Foundation Research Chair in the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University, in Melbourne, Australia. She has qualifications in the disciples of speech pathology, clinical psychology and neuropsychology and is a Fellow of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment and the Speech Pathology Association of Australia. Jacinta has authored more than 85 peer reviewed journal publications and 9 book chapters and has delivered numerous keynote and invited presentations and professional workshops. Jacinta will be presenting the ASSBI Presidential Address.