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1:00pm - 5:00pm Conference Workshops
Rooms/Tracks

Workshop 1: Track 1 (#PC-211)

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Transfers: Techniques, Technology & Training Tools to Optimize Safety & Independence
Lynn Worobey, PhD, DPT, ATP
Laura A. Rice, PhD, MPT, ATP
Kendra Betz, PT, ATP

Workshop 2: Track 2 (#PC-212, #PC-213)

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Introduction to MS: Diagnosis and Management
Scott Newsome, DO, MSCS, FAAN, FANA
Kathleen Costello, MS, CRNP, MSCN

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Cognitive Impairment in Multiple Sclerosis: Impact, Assessment, Remediation
John DeLuca, PhD
Kathleen Costello, MS, CRNP, MSCN

Workshop 3: (PC-#214)

1:00pm - 3:00pm

SCI 101; ALS 101; MS 101: Nuts and Bolts of Understanding and Managing SCI&D from onset to getting on
Speaker: Paul Gutierrez, MD

5:00pm - 7:30pm

Welcome Reception: Expo Hall

7:00am - 7:45am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am - 8:15am

Track 1:

Opening Remarks:

8:15am - 8:45am

Track 1:

PVA Advocacy / Clinical Excellence Awards

8:45am - 10:00am

Opening Keynote Address: Session #2101

Exciting Plasticity: Stimulating the Evolution of Clinically Accessible Approaches for Rewiring the Nervous System after SCI
Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD

10:00am - 10:30am

Coffee Break & Expo

10:30am - 12:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1:

Session: #2102 (90 minutes)
Moving from Recommendations to Practice: Spinal Cord Injury Bone Health Pearls for Therapists
Therese Johnston, PT, PhD B. Catherine Craven, MD
Kristine Cowley, PhD

 

Track 2:

Session: #2103 (45 minutes)
Empowering Healthcare Providers and Veterans with Pressure Monitoring Technology to Reduce and Heal Pressure Injuries
Editha Custodio MSN, RN, CMSRN
Elizabeth Saltigerald BSN, RN, CWOCN

 

Session: #2104 (45 minutes)
Pre- and Post-Operative Protocols to Optimize Myocutaneous Flap Surgery Success
Crystal Stien, PT, DPT, ATP
Mary M. Murphy Kruse, RN, MA, CWOCN, CWS

 

Track 3:

Session: #2105 (90 minutes)
MS Update – clinical presentation, epidemiology and management strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic
Michelle H. Cameron, MD, PT, MCR
Jodie Haselkorn, MD, MPH

 

Track 4:

Session: #2106 (45 minutes)
Communication by Brain
Francois Gand

 

Session: #2107 (45 minutes)
Fatigue in ALS: ask, assess, and address
Ileana Howard, MD

 

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Lunch

Expo

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Room TBA

Product Theater: TBD
Lunch Provided

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1:

Session: #2108 (90 minutes)
Moving from Recommendations to Practice: Bone Health Pearls for Physicians Treating Individuals with SCI
Catharine Craven, MD
Anthony S. Burns, MD, MSc
Leslie Morse, DO

 

Track 2:

Session: #2109 (45 minutes)
Dry Needling for Treatment of Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury Population
Tabitha Jackson PT, DPT, NCS

 

Session: #2110 (45 minutes)
Predictors of Lower Extremity Fracturerelated Amputation in Patients with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
Rachel Elam, MD

 

Track 3:

Session: #2111 (45 minutes)
Fall Management Among Wheelchair Users Living with Multiple Sclerosis: Current Research and Practice Strategies
Laura A. Rice, PhD, MPT, ATP

 

Session: #2112 (45 minutes)
International Symposium on Gait and Balance in Multiple Sclerosis - Symposium Summary
Brett Fling, PhD

 

Track 4:

Session: #2113 (90 minutes)
Ethical considerations while supporting excellence in end-of-life care in ALS
Catherine Wilson, PsyD, ABPP
Elizabeth Bradley, BA
Nancy deGraff , MBA, MA

 

Session: 1915
Communication Methods for the Veteran Diagnosed With ALS
Heather VanMeter, MS, CCC-SLP

 

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Room TBA

Coffee Break & Expo

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1:

Session: #2114 (45 minutes)
Quality Improvement of Concussion Evaluation in Adaptive Sports: Utility of the Wheelchair Error Scoring System
Jonathan Lee, Research Assistant
Michael Harper MD

 

Session: #2115 (45 minutes)
Implementation of an Adaptive CrossFit Program for Spinal Cord Injury Survivors
Erin L Jones, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIS

 

Track 2:

Session: #2116 (45 minutes)
The Highs and Lows of Blood Pressure Following Spinal Cord Injury: Bench to Bedside Investigations
Rahul Sachdeva, PhD
Andrei V. Krassioukov, MD, PhD, FRCPC

 

Session: #2117 (45 minutes)
Tools to identify individualized risk of unintentional injuries for people with spinal cord injury.
James Krause, PhD
Melinda Jarnecke, BA
Yue Cao, PhD

 

Track 3:

Session: #2118 (45 minutes)
Management of Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis
Chris Hollen, MD
Cinda Hugos MS, PT

 

Session: #2119 (45 minutes)
Interdisciplinary Team Approach and Adapted Tai Chi Shadow Boxing Group Enhances Preventative Care via Telemedicine
Jasmine Martínez-Barrizonte, DO
Samanda Vásquez DPT

 

Track 4:

Session: #2120 (45 minutes)
Patient Initiated Interagency Collaboration: A Shared Approach to Improving Care for Veterans with ALS
Jeremy Van Tress, PhD, CSWA
Juan Reyes, BHS

 

Session: #2121 (45 minutes)
Psychosocial and health outcomes related to resilience and depression among Veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Ted Allaire, MS
Catherine Wilson, PsyD, ABPP

 

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Room TBA

Poster Viewing


Room TBA

Product Theater: TBA
Refreshments Provided


Room TBA

MSCOE Meeting

7:00am - 7:45am

Room TBA

Product Theater: TBA

8:00am - 8:15am

Track 1:

Opening Remarks
TBA

8:15am - 9:00am

Track 1:

Keynote Speaker
TBD
TBD
TBA

 

9:00am - 10:15am

Track 1:

John N. Whitaker Memorial Lecture
Session: #2122
What’s in Our Wallet? Managing Pharmacotherapy in the New Frontier
Kathy Tortorice, PharmD

 

10:15am - 10:30am

Room TBA

Coffee Break & Expo

10:30am - 12:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1:

Session: #2123 (45 minutes)
Wheelchair backs that support the spinal curves: Research findings about posture and function
Jessica Presperin Pedersen, OTD, MBA, OT/L, ATP/SMS
Cynthia Smith PT , DPT, ATP

 

Session: #2124 (45 minutes)
Expanding Your Clinical Tool Kit, Teaching Wheelchair Users Preventative Maintenance
Lynn Worobey, PhD, DPT, ATP
Rachel Cowan, PhD

 

Track 2:

Session: #2125 (90 minutes)
"They know. They’ve lived it." Introducing the New Voices of Experience SCI Video Series
Thea Flaun Catherine Wilson, PsyD, ABPP
Elizabeth Saltigerald, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Allen Heinemann, PhD
David Chen, MD

 

Track 3:

Session: #2126 (45 minutes)
Me Too! Me Too!: Evaluating MS Disease Modifying Therapies in the Same Class
Natasha Antonovich, PharmD, BCPS

 

Session: #2127 (45 minutes)
Harmonizing Imaging Assessments in Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis
Francesca Bagnato MD, PhD

 

Track 4:

Session: #2128 (90 minutes)
Possibilities in specialty ALS care through telehealth
Shane Chanpimol, DPT
Marshall Balish, MD, PhD
Sarah Kiefer Luhring, MA, CCC--SLP, ATP

 

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Room TBA

Lunch Provided and Expo

Poster Viewing

12:15pm - 1:00pm

Room TBA

Product Theater: TBA

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1:

Session: #2129 (45 minutes)
Developing and Validating a Decision Support Tool to Prevent Community Acquired Pressure Injuries in SCI
Lisa Burkhart, PhD, RN, ANEF
Barbara Bates-Jensen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Autumn Smith, MPH

 

Session: #2130 (45 minutes)
Update on personalized pressure injury risk biomarkers: Developing a blood test for recurrent PrI risk
Kath M. Bogie, D.Phil
Sean Ferry

 

Track 2:

Session: #2131 (45 minutes)
Dendritic Spine Dynamics after Injury: an Intravital Structural Study of Pain
Curtis Benson, PhD

 

Session: #2132 (45 minutes)
Targeting intra-axonal RyR and IP3R mediated Ca2+ reduces secondary axonal degeneration following SCI
Dave Stirling, PhD

 

Track 3:

Session: #2133 (45 minutes)
MS Caregivers and Coping During COVID-19 Pandemic - Increasing Caregiver Resiliency Using Telehealth Modalities
Alicia Sloan, MPH, MSW, LICSW
Margaret Kazmierski, MSW, LCSW

 

Session: #2134 (45 minutes)
It Takes a Village: VA MSCOE and NMSS partnership for enhanced coordination of services for Veterans with MS
Alicia Sloan, MPH, MSW, LICSW
Margaret Kazmierski, MSW, LCSW
Allison Krehbiel, LICSW

 

Track 4:

Session: #2135 (45 minutes)
Experiences with and Perceptions of the VHA's TeleWound Practice Program Among Veterans With SCI/D
Bella Etingen, PhD

 

Session: #2136 (45 minutes)
Introducing CVT+: Using Images to Improve Complex Rehab Technology Outcomes Using Clinical Video Telehealth
Steven J. Mitchell, OTR/L, ATP

 

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Room TBA

Coffee Break & Expo

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1:

Session: #2137 (45 minutes)
Advancement of TeleWound in the VHA SCI/D System of Care
Mona Baharestani, PhD, APN, CWON, FACCWS
Broderick Flynn, RN,BSN
Daniel Barrows, LCSW, MHA, FACHE

 

Session: #2138 (45 minutes)
Recovery of Upper Extremity Function through Targeted Plasticity Therapy using vagus nerve stimulation.
Robert Rennaker, PhD
Chad Swank, PT, PhD

 

Track 2:

Session: #2139 (45 minutes)
Advancing implementation of guidelines for suicide prevention in SCI care
Sunil Sabharwal, MD
Maureen Elias, BS, MA
Lisa Kearney, PhD, ABPP

 

Session: #2140 (45 minutes)
Biopsychosocial factors associated with life satisfaction in individuals with longterm traumatic spinal cord injury
Jillian Clark, PhD
James Krause, PhD

 

Track 3:

Session: #2141 (90 minutes)
Living with Multiple Sclerosis in the COVID-19 Era: Review and Case
Mitchell Wallin, MD, MPH
Lisa Mitchell, RN
Heidi Maloni, PhD, NP

 

Track 4:

Session: #2142 (45 minutes)
Solutions to address Air Travel issues for non-ambulatory wheelchair users based on PVA funded Research
Peter Axelson, MSME, ATP, RET

 

Session: #2143 (45 minutes)
Value-Driven low-cost highperformance personalized modular SquishINS cushion for pressure relief
Kath M. Boge, D.Phil

 

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Room TBA

Poster Viewing
Cocktail Hour)


Room TBA

VA SCI/D Meeting

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Room TBA

PVA Healthcare Appreciation Reception

7:30am - 8:15am

Room TBA

Continental Breakfast

8:30am - 8:45am

Track 1:

Opening Remarks:
TBA

8:45am - 10:00am

Track 1:

Homer Townsend, Jr. Memorial Lecture

 

Session: #2144
Neurogenic Obesity after SCI: Metabolic Melee
David Gater, MD

 

10:00am - 10:30am

Room TBA

Coffee Break

10:30am - 12:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1:

Session: #2145 (45 minutes)
Older age as a key determinant of outcomes after traumatic SCI: Myths and Facts
Julio C. Furlan, MD, LLB, MBA, PhD, MSc, FRCPC

 

Session: #2146 (45 minutes)
Veterans with Spinal Cord Injuries & Disorders: VHA National COVID-19 Surveillance Data
Jennifer Sippel, PhD
Adam Eberhart, PT, DPT

 

Track 2:

Session: #2147 (45 minutes)
Aquatic Rehabilitation for SCI Patients with Complex Medical Condition
Steven Steins, MD, MS
Albert Recio, MD

 

Session: #2148 (45 minutes)
Scuba diving as a prospective recreational therapy modality for individuals with spinal cord injury
Daivd W McMillan, PhD
Tania Santiago Perez, MS, CTRS

 

Track 3:

Session: #2149 (45 minutes)
Psychological Intervention to Support Ventilator - Weaning after Acute Spinal Cord Injury
Min Kim, DO
Daniel Koehler, Psy. D

 

Session: #2150 (45 minutes)
Healthcare Providers' Perspectives on Resilience within the SCI/D Population
Katlin Schultz, PsyD
Sarah Brindle, PhD

 

Track 4:

Session: #2151 (45 minutes)
Body fat assessment and creation of equation to estimate it following spinal cord injury
Gary J. Farkas, PhD

 

Session: #2152 (45 minutes)
Exercise Prescription and Cardiometabolic Health in SCI: Enhanced implementation of quality care indicators through eLearning
Rowan, PhD, CSEP-CEP, RKin

 

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Room TBA

Poster Viewing

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Tracks 1-4

Track 1:

Session: #2153 (45 minutes)
Supporting Veterans after Acute SCI Rehab: The Role of the Multidisciplinary Outpatient Team
Jeanine A. Penzo, MSW, LICSW

 

Session: #2154 (45 minutes)
Patient lived experiences to inform clinical practice in managing chronic pain after spinal cord injury
Edward J. Rohn, PhD

 

Track 2:

Session: #2155 (90 minutes)
Sexual Health and Fertility in SCI: An Interdisciplinary Approach
April Conway RN, ANP-BC

 

Track 3:

Session: #2156 (90 minutes)
Beyond Multiple Sclerosis (MS): Understanding the Impact of Comorbidities on Cognition and Mood in MS
Terry Lee-Wilk, PhD
Moira Dux, PhD

 

Track 4:

Session: #2157 (45 minutes)
Artifical Intelligence -Cost Effective Alternative to Conventional Environmental Control Unit
Alice Hon, MD

 

Session: #2158 (45 minutes)
Evidence-based evolution of a robotic wheelchair for mobility and accessibility enhancement: a user-centered design approach
Jorge Candiotti, PhD

 

 

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