The Fifth Annual Joining Forces BUMC/VA Conference

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    The Fifth Annual Joining Forces BUMC/VA Conference

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    Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Brigadier General in the US Army Reserves, Faculty Director of the BU Institute for Health System Innovation, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs)

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    Dr. Jonathan Woodson is the inaugural recipient of the “Soaring Eagle” Award.

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    Anna DePold Hohler, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology and Assistant Dean, BUSM and Director, Center for Military and Post Deployment Health

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    Gary Kaplan, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, BUSM and Director of Mental Health, VA Boston Healthcare System

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    Michael Charness, MD, Professor of Neurology and Assistant Dean, BUSM and Chief of Staff, VABHS

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    Karen Antman, MD, Dean, BU School of Medicine and Provost, BU Medical Campus

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    Terry Keane, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean, BUSM and Director, Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSD

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    Sandro Galea, MD, DrPh, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, BU School of Public Health

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    Tara Galovski, PhD, Associate Professor, BUSM and Director, Women’s Health Sciences Division, National Center for PTSD

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On Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 the BU Medical Campus and the Boston VAMC were proud to host the Fifth Annual Joining Forces BUMC/VA Conference. The event, organized by Drs. Anna Hohler and Gary Kaplan, brought together over 250 attendees (faculty, residents, fellows, students, and other guests) for a showcase of lectures and posters highlighting the research of more than thirty BUMC and VA professionals. Poster presentations included research in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Cognition, Infectious Disease (ID), Health and Wellness: Soldier and Family, Wound and Burn Healing, Hearing and Vision and other innovative and pertinent topics. Our own resident, Dr. Frances Fan, had her poster “Post-Traumatic Focal-Seizure Presenting after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)” on display as well.

This year we were honored to welcome our keynote speakers: Jonathan Woodson, MD, Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPh, and Tara Galovski, PhD.

  • In “Reflections on the Military Health Environment” Dr. Woodson acknowledged that while there have been significant technological advances in treating amputees, many of the wounded service members suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and will need care for years to come. He also emphasized the need for close collaboration between military and civilian medical systems to make sure the advances in treatment and technology are shared.
  • In “Trauma as a Foundational Cause of Health” Dr. Galea noted that “trauma is a near ubiquitous human experience. Trauma has implications for mental and physical health of whole populations.” He discussed the health outcomes of traumatic events that are shaped by a complex set of factors that include underlying socioeconomic context, the race/ethnicity of those affected, and ongoing traumas and stressors, all of which influence well-being.
  • In “Head Injuries During Assaults Against Women: Implications for Recovery from PTSD” Dr. Galovski gave an insightful lecture on women who sustain head injuries, and, as injuries accumulate, likelihood of recovery dramatically decreases. Early intervention and timely rehabilitation are critical to maximizing the long-term health outcomes.

The inaugural recipient of the “Soaring Eagle” Award is Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Brigadier General in the US Army Reserves, Faculty Director of the BU Institute for Health System Innovation, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs). The award recognizes Dr Woodson’s significant contributions to the health of our nation’s Veterans and active duty military members through innovation and advances in clinical care, research, education, or public advocacy.

We look forward to seeing you again at our annual BUMC/VA Joining Forces TBI Conference next year!

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