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AANS/CNS Poster Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists in the AANS/CNS Section on Trauma and Critical Care Poster Competition whose abstracts will appear in the July issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma. The residents and students listed below will be presenting their work during the poster session on Monday, July 10, from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at the 35th Annual Symposium of the National Neurotrauma Society in Snowbird, Utah, taking place July 9-12, 2017. Please join us for the entire meeting to earn 47.25 CME credits as we award two $1,000 prizes to our finest future trauma neurosurgeons.

Student and Resident Finalists

  • SMaRT human neural stem cells to modify scar and optimize regeneration after traumatic cervical spinal cord injury.
    Christopher Ahuja is a resident at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. His work investigates traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCI) and will present on how a genetically-engineered line of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural stem cells (hiPS-NSCs) termed SMaRT is able to degrade chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs).
  • Discrepancies between Continuous and Intermittent Intraventricular Pressure Monitoring.
    David Darrow is a resident at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His work explores institutional discrepancies in intermittent and continuous pressure monitoring of intraventricular catheters and external ventricular drains, which has become an important area of investigation following results suggesting that such discrepancies have led to uncertainty in the status of cerebral autoregulation in traumatic brain injury patients.
  • Epidemiology, Management, and Outcomes of Traumatic Brain Injury in sub-Saharan Africa.
    Jessica Eaton is a student at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Her work investigates the nature of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), in order to identify ways to reduce TBI-related morbidity and mortality in these resource-poor settings.
  • Early surgical intervention among patients with Acute Central Cord Syndrome is not associated with higher mortality. 
    Jake Godzik is a resident at the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI). He explores the relationship between surgical interventions and mortality rates in patients with Acute Central Cord Syndrome (ACS) following a trauma.
  • Insights into the PbtO2 treatment threshold: exploring a treatment window suggested by ‘big data’.
    Ryan Hirschi is a student of the University of Utah Medical School. He will present his work on brain tissue hypoxia in patients suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI), where he investigated the relationship between PbtOtreatment thresholds and patient outcome.
  • How Well Can a Blood Test Predict a Positive Head CT in Trauma Patients?
    Molly Hubbard, MD, is a resident at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Hubbard investigates traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and will present her work on how certain blood biomarkers may allow for improved diagnostics and management of brain injuries. 
  • Does Usage of Platelet of DDAVP Prevent Progression of Traumatic Intracranial Hemorrhage in Patients on Anti-Platelet Medication?
    George Koutsouras is a student of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. His work explores the influence of platelet and desmopressin (DDAVP) administration in mitigating the expansion of post-traumatic intracranial hemorrhage (PTICH) in patients who took pre-injury anti-platelet agents (APA).
  • The stealth pathologies of mild TBI and demonstration that advanced neuroimaging may not be as sensitive as advertised.
    Arka Mallela is a student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He will present his work on diffuse axonal injury (DAI) and will explore the extent to which the diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) metrics of fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) can be used to properly identify histological axonal injuries.
  • Lower Dose of Prophylactic Levetiracetam in the Elderly for Subacute and Chronic Subdural Hematomas After Surgical Evacuation. 
    Christine Meadows is a student at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She explores the impact that dosage differences in the prophylactic levetiracetam have on the occurrence of post-operative seizures in elderly patients with subacute and chronic subdural hematomas. 
  • Complete Nerve Transection Due to Fracture: A Report of Two Cases and Literature Review.
    Emily Sieg, MD, is a resident at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Her work investigates cases of nerve laceration accompanying traumatic fracture, underlying the importance of its consideration in trauma patients, despite its rarity, due to its severe and long-lasting negative outcomes.
  • Internal Jugular Vein Compression: Thinking outside of the box for concussion, blast TBI, and blast induced hearing injury.
    Brian Sindelar, MD, is a resident at the University of Florida. Dr. Sindelar will present the efficacy of internal jugular vein compression (IJVC) in reducing movements causing traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) through a review of both rodent models and clinical studies.
  • Minnesota External Ventricular Drain Grading System.
    Kim Uy is a student of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Her work introduces a novel external ventricular drain (EVD) grading system known as the Minnesota EVD grading system, which is compared against previously proposed EVD grading systems in terms of accuracy and reliability.
  • Analysis of outcomes of barbiturate therapy for refractory intracranial hypertension after TBI.
    Aditya Vendantam, MD, is a resident at Baylor College of Medicine. He explores intracranial hypertension in traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients, and will present work on the ability of barbiturate therapy’s ability to improve their outcomes.
  • Physician Communication Strategies in Emergent Brain Trauma.
    Theresa Williamson, MD, is a resident at Duke University School of Medicine. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) impact millions of people each year, making proper communication between physician and patient crucial in its management. Dr. Williamson investigates communication patterns between physicians and patients with TBIs, with the hope of spurring discussions on how human nature influences these conversations.
  • Adult firearm-related traumatic brain injury in United States trauma centers. 
    John Yue is a student at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. His work focuses on gunshot wounds to the head (GSWH), where he explores the predicative ability of a multitude of variables in determining recovery and outcome following GSWH.