Traumatic Brain Injury is the Focus of TBSI Annual Neuroscience Symposium

Aug 31, 2010, 15:00 ET from Texas Brain and Spine Institute

BRYAN, Texas, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Brazos Valley residents, neuroscience researchers, and interested clinicians will each have opportunities to hear from nationally recognized clinicians and researchers on the topic of Traumatic Brain Injury during the Texas Brain and Spine Institute's Fourth Annual Neuroscience Symposium on September 10, 2010.  

This year's symposium will consist of an evening of public presentations aimed at helping local residents, as well as brain injury patients and their family members, better understand the complexities of a traumatic brain injury and ways to reduce the risk of head injury. Traumatic brain injury can occur during sports activities, vehicle collisions and in combat by military personnel. An afternoon session will feature a clinical presentation for health providers and researchers.  

The keynote speaker for the public session is Robert G. Grossman, M.D. whose presentation is entitled "The Assassination of John F. Kennedy - A Neurosurgeon's Eyewitness Account of the Events of November 22, 1963."

Dr. Grossman is the Director of the Neurological Institute at The Methodist Hospital in Houston and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Methodist Hospital. He is a Professor of Neurological Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. Among the many notable moments in his career, Dr. Grossman was an Instructor in the Division of Neurological Surgery for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1963-64 and was a part of the neurosurgical team that provided care to President John F. Kennedy when he was brought to Parkland Hospital.

The public sessions are scheduled from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Center at the Bush Presidential Conference Center. Dr. Grossman will speak at 5:15 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by breakout sessions where a number of local specialists will speak about prevention of head injury, family support for brain injury patients and sports-related head injury. During the breakout sessions, the public will have the opportunity to directly interact with a local expert in the field. There is no registration fee, but preregistration is requested since a light meal will be available to participants. To register you may call (979) 731-8976, toll-free 1.800.793.9106, or go to the web site at, or e-mail

The clinical session, geared toward health professionals and health researchers, will be presented from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. that same day in the Annenberg Conference Center. The keynote speakers for that session will be Joseph Chorley, M.D. and Cindy B. Ivanhoe, M.D.  Dr. Chorley is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Ivanhoe a specialist on traumatic brain injury who has extensive experience treating patients with brain injuries, as well as participating in extensive research in the field of traumatic brain injury. Dr. Ivanhoe is an associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of TexasHouston. She is the admitting physician to the Brain injury and Stroke Program at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR), having served as the director of the program from 1996 to 2006. Dr. Ivanhoe is president of Neurorehabilitation Specialists and Chief Medical Officer of Mentis Rehabilitation.

Health professionals who want to register for the clinical session may call (979) 731-8976, toll-free 1.800.793.9106, or go to the web site at, or e-mail Continuing Medical, Nursing and Physical Therapy Education credits have been applied for this clinical session.

"We are excited about this year's public session," said J. Bradley White, M.D., chair of this year's Texas Brain and Spine Institute symposium. "We believe Dr. Grossman's involvement in the team that cared for President Kennedy will attract a lot of residents to the keynote session."  Dr. White noted that traumatic brain injuries are growing in number and neuroscience specialists are now better equipped to help patients and their families recover.

The purpose of the TBSI Neuroscience Symposium is to showcase current research and to promote understanding of a variety of nervous system disorders. TBSI was founded under the concept of bringing together top-level clinical care with current neuroscience research to provide the best possible treatment to patients with neurological disorders or injuries. "The symposium is an ideal way to share some of the latest information on traumatic brain injury research and treatment with the public as well as provide continuing education for clinical staff," said Dr. White.

Texas Brain and Spine Institute:

In coalition with St. Joseph Regional Health Center and The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, the Texas Brain and Spine Institute encompasses both a clinical neuroscience center of excellence and a group of expert research neuroscientists.  The clinical offices of the institute offer a full range of services for patients with neurological disorders.  The institute staff – over 29 specialists ranging from Radiation Oncologists to research neuropharmacologists – place TBSI at the forefront of clinical neuroscience practice.  With offices in seven locations, the Texas Brain and Spine Institute is easily accessible to anyone in need of its services.

SOURCE Texas Brain and Spine Institute