NIH, DOD, and VA Host Two Day
Conference on Trauma Spectrum Disorders: The Role of
Gender, Race & Other Socioeconomic Factors
As we know from history, health
innovations developed in the civilian and military contexts
are synergistic; what is learned in each context has relevance
to the other and contributes greatly to improved health
of all citizens. The Office of Research on Women's Health
(ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is pleased
to collaborate with the National Institute of Neurological
Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute of
Mental Health (NIMH), and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD),
and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological
Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DoD/DCoE) and the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on a two day scientific
conference entitled "Trauma Spectrum Disorders: The Role of Gender,
Race & Other Socioeconomic Factors."
||Conference on Trauma Spectrum Disorders:
The Role of Gender, Race, and Other Socioeconomic Factors
||Wednesday, October 1, 2008 (8 a.m. – 5
Thursday, October 2, 2008 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
||Natcher Conference Center (Building 45), NIH
campus, Bethesda, MD
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
|8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
|| Conference Opening and Greetings
- Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Director,
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Joel Kupersmith,
M.D., Chief Research and Development Officer (CRADO),
VA Office of Research and Development
- Vivian W. Pinn,
M.D., Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health
|8:30 – 9:10 a.m.
Brigadier General Loree Sutton, M.D.
DCOE Director, Special
Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health
Affairs) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
|9:15 – 12:15 p.m.
||Session I: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) Research as a focus: What is known and what needs
to be learned about deployment-related and civilian posttraumatic
Farris Tuma, Sc.D., MHS, National Institute of
Mental Health (NIMH) Terence Keane, PhD.,
VA Boston Healthcare System, VA National Center for PTSD,
Boston University School of Medicine
Dr. Robert Mays – to introduce Ms. Woodruff
Speaker: Lee Woodruff – A personal story: a family's journey
through TBI, war, and the health care system
|1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
||Session II: Traumatic Brain Injury
Research: what are the correlates of gender and race on
TBI outcomes and what are the most critical gaps in our
Ramona Hicks, Ph.D. Col. (Sel) Michael Jaffe,
M.D, DVBIC Henry Lew, M.D., Ph.D, Boston VA
||Adjournment Remarks by Lt.
Col Randon S. Welton, M.D., Military Consultant to the Air
Force, Surgeon General for Clinical Psychiatry Vivian Pinn,
M.D., Director, ORWH
||Opening Greetings and Comments
Story C. Landis, Ph.D., Director, National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke, (NINDS) NIH
Thomas R, Insel, M.D., Director, National Institute of
Yvonne Maddox, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Eunice Kennedy
Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Col. Karl Friedl, M.D., Director, Telemedicine and Advanced
Technology Research Center (TATRC), U.S. Army
Seth Eisen, MD, MSc. Director, VA Health Services Research & Development
Joxel Garcia, M.D., M.B.A., Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
Session III: Trauma Spectrum Disorders
and Family Functioning
Co-Chairs:Lt Col Nate Galbreath, DoD Valerie Maholmes,
Ph.D., Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child
Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH
|2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
||Session IV: Federal Resources for
Rehabilitation/Disability Services and Research
Honorable Margaret J. Giannini, M.D., Director, Office on Disability, HHS
|4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
||Wrap up/Next Steps
Vivian Pinn, M.D., Director, Office of Research on Women's
Sonja Batten, Ph.D, Acting Deputy Director, DCoE
||This event will address what is known and
what needs to be learned about the role of gender, race,
and other sociodemographic factors in the identification
and treatment of gender and race factors in traumatic stress
and traumatic brain injury-related adjustment conditions.
Identifying and closing knowledge gaps in these areas is
a shared goal of the sponsoring agencies as they relate directly
to health and quality of life for civilian, military, and
veteran populations as well as their family members. Conference
participants will review the best existing science on trauma
spectrum disorders related to military deployment such as
post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
In addition to exploring how research can lead to improved
care, the conference will help in identifying evidence-based
strategies to better assess and treat psychological health
issues and traumatic brain injury. During the conference,
invited speakers and guests will explore gender and other
factors specific to: a) psychological health needs of populations
exposed to high stress, traumatic events, and deployment;
b) traumatic brain injury (TBI); and c) treatment outcomes.
For registration and agenda information, please visit: http://www.dcoe.health.mil/events.htm
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of biomedical research on the brain and nervous system. Information
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Note: On September 25, this agenda was revised to the above text, and the release date changed.