BRAINTREE, Mass., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Snowboarding star and traumatic brain injury survivor Kevin Pearce will be the keynote speaker at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital's 34th Annual Neurorehabilitation Conference, to be held October 26 and 27 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. One of the longest running and most prestigious conferences of its kind, this event brings together thought leaders in traumatic brain injury, stroke and other neurologic disorders to present the most recent research and clinical findings and discuss their impact on patient treatment.
Pearce, son of internationally renowned glass artist Simon Pearce, was considered a favorite to make the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2010 Vancouver Games when he sustained a traumatic brain injury during a halfpipe training run which ended his career. His remarkable story was chronicled in the documentary, "The Crash Reel." Today, as a sports commentator and an advocate for the prevention of traumatic brain injuries, he will speak about his life-altering experience and subsequent neurorehabilitation.
"Kevin Pearce's experience will enlighten us in our understanding of brain injury, recovery and how it affects the lives of survivors and their families," said Dr. Douglas Katz, Medical Director of the nationally recognized Acquired Brain Injury Program at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital and conference coordinator. "We will not only hear of tremendous efforts to achieve a remarkable recovery after a severe injury, but also about how this event suddenly changed the life of this young man who was at the top of his game."
Also featured will be Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D. and Professor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. His topic will be Modulating Brain Networks to Promote Functional Rehabilitation.
Featuring more than 20 plenary sessions, the conference provides Continuing Education for health care professionals.
For more information, visit http://www.braintreerehabhospital.com/Braintree-Rehabilitation-Annual-Neuro-Conference.asp. Or contact Donna Carr at (781) 348-2113 or educationBRH@5sqc.com.
About Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital
Since 1975, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital (BRH) has gained recognition as a world-class rehabilitative care provider dedicated to helping patients maximize functionality, mobility, and independence following serious illness or injury. BRH is a licensed 168-bed acute facility located in Braintree, Massachusetts, which includes a 21-bed satellite hospital at MetroWest Medical Center in Natick, Massachusetts, and multiple outpatient clinics.
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