11th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon and the Brain Injury Association of Washington are sponsoring the March 2013 Brain Injury Conference.  Here is the information I received today.


30th Annual Brain Injury Conference


Living With Brain Injury: Focusing on the Future


11th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference






Join Us March 7-9!


Come join us for the 11th Annual Northwest Brain Injury Conference and the 30th Annual BIAOR Conference


The highlight of this year's conference is our 30th Anniversary Dinner, March 8. The featured Keynote at the Dinner will be Gary Busey, a film and stage actor, and artist. He has appeared in a variety of films, including Lethal Weapon, Point Break, and Under Siege. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1978 for his role in The Buddy Holly Story. On December 4, 1988, Gary Busey was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in which he was not wearing a helmet. His skull was fractured, and doctors feared he suffered permanent brain damage. Gary will talk about how his brain injury has impacted his life.

Master of Ceremony will be local news anchor, Ken Boddie.   BIAOR is honored to present awards for exceptional work on behalf of people living with brain injuries over that last thirty years. These will include an Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Muriel D. Lezak for the numerous books she has written on brain injury; Outstanding Advocacy Awards to Commissioner Tootie Smith, David Kracke,JD, James Chesnutt, MD, Senator Bill Morrisette, Representative Vic Gilliam, Max and Ralph Conradt without their hard work we would not have passed our sports concussion legislation which has been picked up as the model for the National Legislation; Only Medical Doctor Specializing Exclusively Treating Individuals with Brain Injury: Danielle Erb, MD, who is the only medical doctor exclusively treating individuals with brain injury; Nationally Recognized Leader in Academic & Clinical Research: McKay MooreSohlberg, PhD, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of TBI and has worked as a clinician, researcher, and administrator in the development of programs to assist those with brain injury; 1st Neuro-Optometrist: Dr. Bruce Wojciechowski, OD, is a neuro-optometrists working to help people with brain injury for over 20 years; Karen Campbell, who established the first foster home in the state of Oregon for people with disabilities, 32 years ago;1st Community Rehabilitation: Jan Johnson, who established the first community rehabilitation program for people with brain injury nineteen years ago; Media Awareness: Elizabeth Hovde, a brain injury survivor, for building the awareness of brain injury in her columns in the Oregonian; amd Exceptional Partner: Brain Injury Association of Washington, Deborah Crowley

The Pre-Conference, March 7, will focus on the matter in which music, art and physical therapists take an individualized approach when working with clients who are living with a brain injury. The creative arts therapies can be used to improve associated symptoms through interactive art-making experiences designed and adapted to emphasize each client's strengths. Sensory stimulation through the arts promotes increased attention, while the creation of a story or a song can be used to memorize and recall personal information. Neurologic Music Therapy techniques are utilized to promote rehabilitation of speech and motor abilities through active instrument play, singing and movement to music such as in the case of Congresswoman Giffords. Therapists will demonstrate and discuss, in group sessions throughout the day, how providing music, drama, martial arts and art therapy can improve positive outcomes. Therapists will take a collaborative approach and conduct sessions with speech therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapists in a co-treatment model.  

Friday and Saturday will focus on the latest technology and treatment available for brain injury. These presentations will include: 

Keynote Speakers Friday, March 8:

Look where we have come in 30 years--what is in the future? - Dr. Muriel D. Lezak 

Breakthrough practical applications of brain plasticity principles in the recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury - Anat Baniel, clinical psychologist, dancer and leader in the field of NeuroMovement  

Keynote Speakers Saturday, March 9:

Music and the Brain - Larry Sherman, PhD. Senior Scientist, ONPRC, OHSU Brain Institute, Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Portland, Oregon  

The Returning Veterans - What they need, what are they going through: Cultural, social, organizational sources of hindrance and support for returning veterans - Eddie Black, Oregon National Guard Resiliency Program Manager  


Break-out Presentations will include:  


Brain Injury and the Returning Military 101- Bronwyn G. Pughe, MA, MFA, TBI Program Education Specialist, Administrator Traumatic Brain Injury Program, Madigan Healthcare System    


When War Comes Home: The Emotional Trauma of Caregiving - Marilyn Lash, M.S.W.   


 The Psychology Behind TBI and the Behaviors That May Be Present- Nancy Irey Holmes, PhD   


Conducting Mental Status Examinations with a Traumatic Brain Injury Patient - John DenBoer, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist/Psychologist, Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation


Advances in Stroke Recovery - Dr. Paul Cordo


Technology - Tomorrow & Today - Jonathan Gray    


Stroke - What is it--Will I recover - John DenBoer, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist/Psychologist, Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation    

Training Assistive Technology in the Environment -Laurie Ehlhardt Powell, PhD  


 Assistive technology - low to high assistive devices to live life to the fullest with brain injury -Susan Powell, MS/P, OTR/L, ATP Madigan   


Legal pitfalls of presenting a TBI Case - Arthur Lertiz, JD   


Defuse Tensor Imaging and Other Medical Advances to Identify Brain Injury and Win Your Case - Dr. Aaron DeShaw, JD   


Hope and Recovery Principles in the Treatment of ABI - Jacek A. Haciak, PsyD   

Cognitive Curbcuts: Visual Scheduling, Video Modeling, and Personal Wellness supports for Self-Management - Dr. Tom Keating    


Acupuncture and Complementary Medicine in the Management of Traumatic Brain Injury - Douglas Wingate, MAcOM, Lac

What I Wish I Had Known ... The Positive Brain Injury Support group of Portland 


Brain Injury and Hidden Vision Problems - Dr. Bruce Wojciechowski, OD  


Brain Tumors-Why We Should Care -- Edward Allen Neuwelt, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Oregon Health  

The Role of Music Therapy in Rehabilitation - Lillieth Grand, MS, MT-BC  

Using Improv/Theatre Activities with BI Survivors - Ruth Jenkins, MS, CCC-SLP     

The Future of Prosthetic Cognition - Kathy Moeller  

Using Martial Arts for Physical Therapy - Ben Luskin and Tony Ellis   

Brain Injury: Voices of a Silent Epidemic - Cindy Daniel, BRAVE Publications, Andy Palumbo, Outside the Lab, Harvey E. Jacobs, Ph.D. 


Two Stories of Survival - Dr. James Meade and Gordon Viggiano


The biggest benefit of attending a conference is connecting with kindred spirits, folks whose work you admire and which inspires you. Conferences have a way of renewing the passion that brings like-minded people together, and being part of collaboration is a privilege that you can truly value. Attending a conference provides an opportunity to learn from experts, share ideas with others, and identify new knowledge and techniques in your field. Given the knowledge explosion in the current information-rich era, attending this conference is a great way to keep abreast of emerging themes and technology and, perhaps most importantly, network.

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Hotel rooms are available at discounted rates. Use the code BIAOR2013 and reserve your room today by calling 503-281-2500.  Discounted rooms are limited.


Sponsored By:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Brain Injury Association of Washington

3 day VIP Pass Including Dinner with 21.25 CEUs








Thursday March 7 -
Saturday March 9, 2013




Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

8235 NE Airport Way

Portland OR 97220





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An entire day with experts devoted to demonstrating the benefits of music, art and physical therapy to maximize independence and positive outcomes.  Music, art and physical therapy sessions  incorporated throughout conference.  Interactive activities and survivors demonstrating their accomplishments. 





Friday 30th Anniversary Dinner

A special celebration & awards dinner with music for the 30th Annual BIAOR Conference at the 2013 Conference, Friday, March 8, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel. Friday evening, join us Wine Tasting 5 -6:30pm, Dinner begins at 6:45pm, with music following.Join us for the celebration


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