Oct. 23 at AAAS: The Science and Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury

October 22, 2012


Earl Lane
(202) 326-6431

Oct. 23 at AAAS: The Science and Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury

Experts will review the status of research on traumatic brain injury, particularly in the context of sports and military combat, in an evening discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 12th and H Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.

The discussion, the second in a series on Neuroscience and Society sponsored by the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program and The Dana Foundation, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the AAAS Auditorium. A reception will follow.

The speakers will discuss areas of research that seem most promising for preventing and treating traumatic brain injury and will provide an account of the effects of brain trauma on U.S. soldiers.

The speakers are:

  • Ann McKee, professor of neurology and pathology at Boston University and director of the neuropathology service for the New England Veterans Administration Medical Centers.
  • Navy Capt. James L. Hancock, deputy commander of the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia, and a specialist who has helped optimize treatment of traumatic brain injury in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Army Col. Geoffrey Ling, program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and a member of the critical care staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital. 
  • Alan I. Leshner, chief executive officer of AAAS and executive publisher of the journal Science, will make opening remarks.

For more information on the speakers and to RSVP, go to: http://srhrl.aaas.org/projects/science_society/neurosociety/TBI.shtml

Reporters planning to attend are asked to RSVP to elane@aaas.org.