BIAC Annual Conference

2019 BIAC Annual professional conference 

BIAC's Annual Professional Conference will take place on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Quinnipiac University's School of Medicine in North Haven. The keynote speaker will be Colleen Kelly Alexander - a lifelong athlete, motivational speaker, author and brain injury survivor. In 2011, Colleen was run over by a freight truck, and after five weeks in a coma and twenty-nine surgeries later, Colleen survived. Rather than let the trauma and PTSD control her life, she became determined to find a way to make something positive from her pain. Colleen is uniquely qualified to speak to the miraculous power of body, mind, spirit and the phenomenal potential every human being has to make a positive impact.

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Workshops and presenters have been finalized, and are listed below.  The conference brochure will be available at the end of December/beginning of January - check back soon.    

BIAC 2019 Annual Conference Schedule (Workshop times subject to change)

7:30 - 8:15 AM                 Registration, Exhibits, Continental Breakfast

8:15 - 10:00 AM               Keynote Presentation:

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, Presented by Colleen Kelly Alexander, Lifelong Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Author and Brain Injury Survivor

Followed by Annual Awards Presentation

10:00- 10:15 AM                Exhibits and Session Break

10:15 - 11:45 AM               Session I 

Workshop A.  Updates, Best Practice, and Critical Care Management of the Patient with Traumatic Brain Injury, Presented by Mark Landreneau, MD, Director of Neurocritical Care, St. Francis Hospital & Medical Care

Workshop B.  Consequences of a TBI on Spatial Visual Processing, Presented by William Padula, OD, Padula Institute of Vision Rehabilitation

Workshop C.  Self-Determination is For EVERYONE, Presented by Sherry Ostrout, MSW, Director, Government Initiatives, Connecticut Community Care, Inc. and Therese Nadeau, MSW, Instructor, Connnecticut Community Care, Inc. 

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM       Exhibits and Lunch Break

12:45 - 2:15 PM               Session II

Workshop  D.  Aging with TBI: A Chronic Condition?, Presented by Steven Flanagan, MD, Chair, Department of Rehabilitation, Rusk - NYU Langone Health

Workshop E.  Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Veteran Populations, Presented by Joseph Kulas, PhD, ABPP, Director, BRAIN Clinic

Workshop F.  The Opioid Crisis Complicated by Traumatic Brain Injury, Presented by Kevin Sevarino, MD, PhD, Consulting Psyhiatrist, Gaylord Hospital and Dorine Scolnic, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, Gaylord Hospital

 2:15 - 2:30                        Exhibits and Refreshments

2:30 - 4:00 PM                    Session III

Workshop G.  The Grass is Always Greener: TBI & the Clinical Utility of Medical Marijuana, Joseph Trettel, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Neuropsychiatry, Ayer Neuroscience Institute - Hartford Healthcare and Gayle Klein, MD, DocPlus

Workshop H.  Interdisciplinary Team Approach to Behavioral Challenges in the Rehabilitation Setting, Presented by Mark Powers, PA-C, Physician Assistant, Gaylord Hospital; Dorine Scolnic, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, Gaylord Hospital; and Heather Hancourt, RN, BSN, CRRN, Nurse Manager, Rehabilitation Division, Gaylord Hospital

Workshop  I.  Brain Injury: To Disclose or Not Disclose - That is the Question, Presented by Panel Members: : Lydia Velez-Herrera, CEO/Founder, Lilly Sin Barreras (Panel Facilitator); Mark Lukas, CRC, CBIS, Brain Injury Specialist, BIAC; Jeremy Stein, Esq., Executive Director, CT Against Gun Violence; Jay Waller, PT, CBIS, Physical Therapist, CT Orthopaedic Specialists; Dan Urban, MSHA, Transition Coordinator, Yale New Haven Hospital

For questions, contact Rene Carfi at 860-219-0291 x306 or