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February 2023

A message from the President

Happy New Year! As we pass our holiday season and embark on 2023, we have a number of exciting activities upcoming for our NNS members leading up to our 2023 meeting in Austin!

Our 2023 Virtual Roundtables are off to a great start. We had our first Presidential Roundtable on January 19th, discussing the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy from the NIH. The recording of this session is now available in the Members Only section of the Neurotrauma.org website, and features presentations and discussion from Drs. Lyn Jakeman, Nsini Umoh and Hibah Awwad of NIH, Cassie Myers of Drexel University, and Adam Ferguson, Abel Torres and Russel Huie of UCSF, speaking on the policy and how universities and individual researchers are responding to it. A lot of great resources, including NIH templates for the new Data Management Plan, and links to tutorials on how to upload data to some online repositories, are included. The roundtable had a great discussion from NNS members, and drew 55 participants. I am very grateful for our panelists, and I hope the NNS members found it useful!

Read on here...

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Leadership Spotlight

Olga "Nikki" Kokiko - Cochran, Secretary


Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Affiliation: Department of Neuroscience, Chronic Brain Injury Program, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, The Ohio State University

Research focus: Inflammation following TBI; stress response and sleep patterns

Past roles with NNS: Membership Committee 2015-present; Councilor 2019-2022; Secretary 2022-2023


Learn more about Nikki here...

Pamela VandeVord, Treasurer (2022-2023)

Position: Professor, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation

Affiliation: Virginia Tech College of Engineering

Research focus: Neurotrauma, neuroinflammation; glia, chronic behavioral outcomes, mechanotransduction; Injury Biomechanics; Bioengineering

Past roles with NNS: Annual Conference Session Chair, Reviewer, Conference Planning Committee

Learn more about Pam here...

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Online Research Seminars

International Online SCI Research Seminars (I-OSCIRS)

During the pandemic break, a group of neurotrauma researchers led by Dr. Warren Alilain created the International Online Spinal Cord Injury Research Seminars (I-OSCIRS). This initiative allowed the SCI community to remain connected and updated on the latest scientific advancements, even during lockdowns. These seminars continue to be streamed on their YouTube channel once a month, and here is the upcoming lineup.

March 7th – Switzerland Special

  • Michèle Hubli, University Hospital Balgrist
  • Claudia Kathe, EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)
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Neurotrauma 2023

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Mark your calendar for Neurotrauma 2023!

The Neurotrauma 2023 will be “Celebrating Landmarks of Neurotrauma“ in Austin TX from June 25 to 28. Make the most out of your in-person conference experience by networking and engaging with professionals and experts in the neurotrauma field, and enjoy memorable moments with peers and colleagues in the city of music.

We can’t wait to see you all again in-person! Early registration ends on March 17th, with abstracts due on March 3rd! 

Find more information on the NNS 2023 website here...

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Neurotrauma 2023 5K Fun Run/Walk

Help support the National Neurotrauma Society’s (NNS) advocacy initiatives, including those that will take place this summer during the upcoming NNS Symposium, by participating in the upcoming 5k-Run-Walk anytime between March 1 and 31st. Take advantage of these weeks in February to build up teams! You can also register now and run/walk anytime during March.

Register now

Help promote brain and spinal cord injury research by getting active

Researchers at the University of Kentucky are inviting you to take part in the FeMALE study that is examining the impact of female mentorship on trainees in healthcare and science professions, which will take about 20‐30 minutes to complete. If you agree to participate, your response to the survey will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by law. Your response to the survey is anonymous which means no names, IP addresses, email addresses, or any other identifiable information will be collected with the survey responses. At any time if you feel upset or uncomfortable by any question, you may choose not to answer them.

Take the survey

Next Roundtable

Please join us for our next NNS members-only roundtable discussion titled "I have my PhD, now what?" scheduled for Tuesday, February 28th. We are proud to be once again bringing together a diverse panel of scientists to discuss managing careers at all stages in the neurotrauma field. Our Panelists include:

  • Janna Harris, PhD. Senior Manager Advisory Services Consulting, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Cara Altimus, PhD. Senior Director, Center for Strategic Philanthropy at Milken Institute & Managing Director, BD2
  • Shruti Muralidhar, PhD. Research Scientist at Deep Genomics
  • Vivian Nuhodzic, PhD. Advanced Workflow Specialist - Confocal, Leica Microsystems Inc
  • Johannes Dapprich, PhD. CEO at NeuroPair, Inc
  • Elaine Brock JD, MHSA. C3Authority LLC

View full details, presenter bios, and registration

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Virtual Roundtable Discussions - Exclusive Membership Access

View the latest Ask an Expert Virtual Roundtable Discussion focused on ways to position yourself for academic success, how to keep it going, and balancing academic success with personal fulfillment. The recording is available exclusively to members here.

View Recordings here
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