Brain Trauma Blueprint Action Summit

October 18-19, 2022  –  Washington, D.C.


Day 1: October 18, 2022



Presenter / Description

7:00am – 8:00amArrivals, Registration, & Breakfast
8:00am – 8:15amOpening CeremonyColor Guard
8:15am – 9:00amBeyond Hope to ActionModerator: Shannon Finn Connell, PhD
CEO, David R. Metcalf Invisible Wounds FoundationPanel:Frank Larkin
Chair, Veterans Advisory Council, Cohen Veterans Bioscience

Jamie Metcalf
Honorary Board Member, David R. Metcalf Invisible Wounds Foundation

Tristan Wimmer
Founder, 22 Jumps

9:00am – 9:30amWelcome & Introduction to the Brain Trauma Research RoadmapMagali Haas, MD, PhD
CEO & President, Cohen Veterans Bioscience
9:30am – 10:00amKeynote – Building upon NRAP:  Working together to solve well-defined problems efficientlyRachel Ramoni, D.M.D., Sc.D.
Chief Research & Development Officer (CRADO),
Department of Veterans Affairs
10:00am – 10:30amKeynote: The Warfighter Brain Health (WBH) InitiativeKathy Lee, MS, CRNP, ANP-BC
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight
10:30am – 11:00amBreak
11:00am – 12:30pmBrain Trauma Blueprint – Roadmap RecommendationsModerated Panel:

Moderator: Colonel Dallas Hack, MD
Senior Scientific Advisor, Cohen Veterans Bioscience

Moderator: Ragini Verma, PhD
Professor, Center for Biomedical Image Computing and Analytics, University of Pennsylvania (current)
Head of Clinical and Biomarker Programs, Cohen Veterans Bioscience (incoming)

Lisa Brenner, PhD, ABPP
Director, VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)

Kristen Dams-O’Connor, PhD
Jack Nash Professor, Vice Chair of Research,  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD, FACRM
Senior Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jam Ghajar, MD, PhD
President, Brain Trauma Foundation

Mary Jo Pugh, PhD, RN
Professor/Career Scientist, University of Utah/VA Salt Lake City

Douglas Smith, MD
Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Elisabeth Wilde, PhD
Professor, University of Utah / VA Salt Lake City

12:30pm – 1:30pmLunch
1:30pm – 2:00pmGiving Voice to Brain HealthMichelle Williams
(American Singer/Mental Health Advocate)
2:00pm – 2:45pmUnleashing Science and Technology for Solutions

  • Digital Twins: multiscale modeling of biomedical, biological and behavioral systems


  • Smart Tools for Innovation

Grace Peng, PhD
Director of Mathematical Modeling & Simulation and Analysis, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

Peter Peumans, PhD
CTO Health, Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC)

2:45pm – 3:15pmInstructions & Break/Transition
3:15pm – 5:00pmChallenge Session: Priorities for Collaboration & Investment / Early WinsModerated Round Tables
5:00pm – 6:00pmTransfer to Dinner Venue
6:00pm – 7:00pmPerson on the Street – Cocktails, Interactive Videos & NetworkingThe Kogod Courtyard at The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
7:00 pmDinnerThe Kogod Courtyard at The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
7:30 pmVoice to Give VisionMichelle Williams (performance)

Day 2: October 19, 2022



Presenter / Description

7:30am – 8:00amArrivals & Breakfast
8:00am – 8:30amDay 2 WelcomeDave DeMarco
Board Member, Cohen Veterans Bioscience
8:30am – 9:00amCapital to OpportunityDanish Munir
Founding Partner, GrayMatter Capital
9:00am – 9:45amCVB Directed Programs for TBIMagali Haas, MD, PhD
CEO & President, Cohen Veterans Bioscience
9:45am – 10:30amRoadmap – Call to ActionCoalition Partners


10:30am – 11:45amChallenge #2: Coordinated Action ModelsModerated Round Tables
11:50am – 12:00pmClosing SessionMagali Haas, MD, PhD
CEO & President, Cohen Veterans Bioscience
12:00pm – 1:00pmLunch (Boxed)