ETSU to host annual Intermountain Brain Injury Conference

ETSUJOHNSON CITY (press release)—The East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development will host the annual Intermountain Brain Injury Conference, with the theme “The ABCs of Childhood Brain Injury,” Friday, March 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Millennium Centre, opposite the campus of ETSU.

The day begins with registration at 8 a.m. and offers four informative sessions throughout the day.

The first speaker will be Dr. Gregory Corradino presenting childhood brain injury and treatment options. Corradino is a neurosurgeon and vice president with East Tennessee Brain and Spine. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the North American Spine Society.

The second session will be an educational panel moderated by Fredda Roberts from Crumley House and will include Dr. Eric Roth, Dr. Kristen Stafford and Tracey Chitwood. They will discuss and answer questions about issues encountered in education when dealing with children with brain injuries.

The afternoon speaker, Dr. Kristen King, will speak on “Accommodations and Interventions for Children Following Traumatic Brain Injury.” King is a professor at the University of Tennessee and regularly speak at both state and national levels. Her specialty is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), with a focus on mild TBI and sports concussion management.

The final panel will be moderated by Roberts and the panel will consist of TBI survivors and their families who will offer their views and answer questions from the audience.

The conference is a joint venture of East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development, the ETSU Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, Roth Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health Associates and Crumley House. The event is sponsored by the East Tennessee Brain and Spine Center, the James and Cecile Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital-a joint venture with Healthsouth and MSHA, Johnson City Medical Center’s Level One Trauma Center, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Project Brain and TalkBack Pediatric Therapy.

The fee for attending the conference is $95. Students may present their college identification and pay $55. American Speech and Hearing Association continuing education and Continuing education units are available.

To register, call (800) 222-3878 or visit http://etsuaw.etsu.edu/, then click on “currently scheduled courses” and choose “complete listing.” For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.

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