Conference History

A Historic Conference

Since 2007, with the increase of survivors of brain injury returning from the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the conference program has included prominent speakers from the military community. Speakers have included prominent physicians, neuropsychologists, and others from the McGuire VA Polytrauma Center located in Richmond, Virginia, and National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Did you know that the First International Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference, Rehabilitation of the Traumatic Brain-Injured Adult, was held at the Richmond Hyatt House on June 2, 3 and 4, 1977?

The conference was organized by Mitchell Rosenthal, Ph.D. as a joint effort between the Medical College of Virginia’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Neurosurgery, and Department of Continuing Medical Education. Keynote speakers included W. Bryan Jennett, M.D., Ernest Griffith, M.D., and J. Douglas Miller, M.D., Ph.D. Several years later the conference was renamed Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child with Brain Injury.

The brain injury rehabilitation conference has been held every year since 1977 and remains as the longest running brain injury rehabilitation conference in the world.

Click here to view the  Conference Brochure 1977.