The 10th annual Meeting of the Minds symposium was held on October 25, at the Medical and Translational Research (MART) Building Auditorium at Stony Brook University Hospital. The topic was "Brain Injury and Coma."
The keynote speaker was Nicholas Schiff, MD, the Jerold B. Katz Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain & Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Schiff is an internationally renowned physician and researcher in the field of consciousness and neurophysiologic recovery from severe brain injury. Over 20 years, Dr. Schiff's research has led to the understading of basic mechanisms underlying recovery of consciousness and translating this understanding into major clinical advances for diagnosis and treatment. His laboratory has been continously funded by the National Isntitutes of Health for more than a decade. Dr. Schiff spoke about central thalamic deep brain stimulation for treatment of cognitive deficits after traumatic brain injuries.
Additionally, four speakers from Stony Brook presented their research on the basic biology and translational potential of their research that can ultimately benefit those with brain injury who are in a coma.