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 NeuroTrauma Symposium 2023


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Friday, March 31, 2023 
7:30am - 5pm
The Westin Jackson


This year, we are continuing the theme "A Meeting of the Minds." Our goal is to bring more people with varied brain and spinal cord injury expertise together to share their particular piece of the puzzle and to meet, talk and listen. We are striving to create a neuro-related network of professionals that communicates to offer the best possible outcomes for our survivors, family members and caregivers. The goal of the symposium is to initiate new collaborations and share information related to traumatic brain and spinal cord injury to ensure progress toward better diagnosis, treatment and long-term care for survivors. The symposium will include morning and afternoon sessions, three keynote speakers, panel discussions, exhibitors and an opportunity to network with healthcare professionals. 

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Emergency Medical Technicians/Paramedics | Health Educators | Licensed Professional Nurses | Mental Health Professionals | Nurse Practitioners
Nursing Home Administrators | Occupational Therapists | Physical Therapists | Recreational Therapists | Registered Nurses | Social Workers/Marriage and Family Therapists | Speech Language Pathologists/Audiologists | Speech Therapists


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General Attendee Early Bird 
(Now - 2/28/23)

$100  |  $150 w/CEUs   
Discount Code: EARLY


General Attendee
(After 2/28/23)

$125  |  $175 w/CEUs


(Must provide school information)

$25  |  $75 w/CEUs



$25  |  $75 w/CEUs





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Amy Zellmer, BA

Amy sustained a TBI in February of 2014 after falling on a patch of ice and landing full-force on the back of her skull. She is still recovering and understanding the full scope of her injury.  

Amy is an award-winning author, speaker, and traumatic brain injury survivor. She is Editor-in-Chief of The Brain Health Magazine and also produces Faces of TBI, a podcast series for survivors and caregivers.

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Vincenzo Piscopo, MBA, MA

Vincenzo Piscopo (Enzo) is the President and CEO of United Spinal Association, the largest membership organization of people with spinal cord injuries and disorders in the U.S.

Enzo is a seasoned professional with 25 years of experience in the private sector with a focus on innovation, corporate social responsibility and diversity and inclusion. He is a strong advocate for the equality of people with disabilities and has a keen interest in equity, inclusion and accommodation at the workplace. 

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Nicole Marquez, BA

Nicole Marquez was destined to dance her way into people's hearts. She led a fulfilled life and was well on her way to fame until one fateful day in 2008 changed her life forever.


Nicole fell six stories from her apartment building and laid on the ground for eight hours with a broken neck, back, pelvis, ribs and a punctured lung before being found. After two surgeries, two months in the hospital, and three months in rehab, Nicole was walking again!

  Agenda at a Glance  

Here's an overview of what's happening.

2nd Annual NeuroTrauma Symposium

  • Registration & Meet the Exhibitors Breakfast

    7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

  • Opening Remarks

    8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

    Lee Moss - BIAMS/USAMS Executive Director

  • Keynote Speaker "Embracing the Journey: Moving Forward After Brain Injury"

    8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

    Amy Zellmer, BA - Award Winning Author, Speaker and TBI Survivor

  • Expert Panel "Therapies for Rehabilitation"

    9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    Howard T. Katz, MD
    Jennifer Reneker, PT, PhD
    Megan Lott, OD, FCOVD
    Suzanne Lentz, M.C.D, CCC-SLP

    Anna Dawson, OTR/L

  • Morning Breakout Sessions (4 Choices)

    10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    (1A) The VISION of Neuro-Rehabilitation
    (1B) Unforeseen COVID Complications and Managing Post-Pandemic Trauma
    (1C) It's Not Just A Headache: The Complexity of Managing Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
    (1D) The Freedom to Live Independently

  • Lunch, Keynote Speaker "The D of Disability in DEI" & Afternoon Stretch

    11:45 PM - 1:15 PM

    Introduction:  Chris Howard  - MDRS Executive Director
    Keynote: Vincenzo Piscopo, MBA, MA - (National) United Spinal Association CEO & SCI Survivor

    Stretch: Tamara Williams, CDM - Personal Trainer

  • Expert Panel "Recent Advances in Care & Innovation"

    1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Timothy Quinn, MD
    Robert Welch, Pharm D
    Vincenzo Piscopo, MBA, MA
    Matthias Krenn, PhD
    Rebecca A. Boyd, DO

  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions (4 Choices)

    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    (2A) The Science of Cannabinoids
    (2B) The Art & Science of Distinguishing Disorders of Consciousness
    (2C) Quest: A Community Reintegration Program for individuals with Acquired Brain/Spinal Cord Injuries w/Case Study

    (2D) Virtual Reality: Game-Changing Evidence-Based Interventions for Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury

  • Closing Keynote Speaker "The Mask of Joy"

    3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Nicole Marquez, BA - Actor, Singer, Dancer, Motivational Speaker and TBI Survivor


For Sponsorship & Exhibitor information,
please contact Laura Guy at or call (574) 274 -1783

Download Sponsorship/Exhibitor Package Here

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