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14th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference 2016

33th Annual BIAOR Conference

Living with Brain Cord Injury

March 10-12 Portland Oregon
Application Deadline: December 10, 2015

Subject: Call for Abstract Proposals - 14th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference 2016 Living with Brain Injury March 10-12, 2016 
Deadline: December 10, 2015 (must be submitted on line)  
Agency/Sponsor: Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon (BIAOR) and Brain Injury Association of Washington (BIAWA)
ABSTRACTS: Abstracts accepted for the 11th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference 2016 Living with Brain Injury March 10-12, 2016  will be published on a CD. Submissions encourage data-driven or assessment/treatment model descriptions.

PLEASE NOTE: Abstracts will be published only if the presenting author is a registered paying attendee to the Conference. BIAOR does not pay or support the travel of presenters. Only abstracts written in English and submitted online or by email will be considered. Be sure that abstracts do not contain grammatical or spelling errors, which may disqualify your submission. Presenters of all accepted papers, both oral and posters, must also complete and return the Conference disclosure form.  

Oral Presentations:

Unless otherwise noted, accepted oral presentations will be 50 minutes in length, including 10 minutes of Q&A.

Poster Presentations:
Accepted posters should be formatted to fit within the following size: Width: 4 feet (1.2 m) Height: 3.5 feet (1.0 m)

March 7-8  will be predominately professional attendees and March 9 will include people with brain injuries, their families, and community members.
Research Outreach: 
Focus Groups and survey instruments can be arranged.
Please contact Sherry Stock, 
Date:  BIAOR, in partnership with The Brain Injury Association of Washington, will host 14th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference  Living with Brain 10-12, 2016  in Portland, Oregon.

We are looking forward to a wonderful scientific and social/ psychological program with over 50 renowned experts in the field of brain injury presenting on a variety of topics across the continuum of care. BIAOR has also planned other special features including workshops, panels, scientific poster and paper presentations.  The call for proposals includes traditional workshops, demonstrations, learning labs, facilitated discussions, invigorators and energizers, panels and techno-sessions in ten emphasis areas:
  • Critical Issues of the Day - Policy and programmatic issues, including funding and economic trends, health care reform, parity, access to housing, treatment and program effectiveness and cross-systems collaboration.
  • Specific Populations - Effective approaches for reaching and serving specific populations of men and women (prescription drugs, cognitive impairments and/or traumatic brain injury, military experience, adolescents, pediatrics, shaken baby, pregnant women and cultural and racial/ethnic minorities).
  • Responsive Practices, Innovations & Curriculum - Evidence based and emergent practices including educational/group curricula, medication assisted approaches, integration of arts/creativity, cognitive/behavioral interventions, therapeutic alliance, recovery support strategies and other promising approaches for reaching, retaining and promoting recovery for those sustaining a brain injury and their families.
  • Trauma, Co-Occurring Disorders & Integrated Care - Creating trauma-informed environments and delivering trauma informed services, as well as effective approaches for addressing co-occurring health and mental health disorders.
  • Family and Family-Centered Approaches - Family-centered approaches, family engagement, specific interventions for children and family members, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Anger Management and inter-generational cycles of substance use.
  • Workforce Development - Workforce and management issues pertinent to the substance use treatment field including issues of credentialing, attracting and retaining employees, strengths and concerns for staff in recovery, expanding staff roles and responsibilities, staff training and leadership development.
  • Criminal Justice - Addressing issues with involvement in the criminal justice system, including in-custody treatment, support for re-entry, working with parole and probation and addressing unique family, employment and recovery support considerations for women returning from incarceration.
  • Technology - Addressing the variety of technological innovations including the use of technology in treatment and recovery services; e-records, data collection and billing; health promotion and wellness and leadership and networking.
  • Health and Wellness - Topics relating to the primary health care, health promotion and wellness needs of those who have sustained brain injuries, as well as agency staff, the recovery community and the community-at-large.
  • Veterans and Community Supports Topics relating to the health and community support issues for returning military and their families.
  • Legal Issues -

DEADLINE Abstracts:October 4, 2010

Abstract Instructions

Overall process

Write your abstract in any word processor. You will be cutting and pasting the abstract and other information, like author names, into several web forms. Because you will be pasting into these forms, do not bother using your word processor for special formatting. Your form submission will be re-formatted automatically anyway.  Form for submission

Figures are encouraged, but optional

We particularly encourage participants to include one to three figures to illustrate their abstract. Figures might include data plots, data tables, maps, equations, or photographs (ie. fieldwork, labwork). All figures must be submitted in gif, jpg, or tiff image format (use .gif, .jpg, .tiff file endings). Also acceptable: .doc, .docx, .ppt, etc.. If you have problems outputting to one of these formats, you may want to enlarge your figure and then capture your screen. When possible, figures should be at high resolution with the longest dimension at least 1000 pixels long (so printed version looks good). Figures might be reduced significantly on the printed page so please do not use very small font sizes.

Your checklist

The six pieces of information for you to assemble:

  1. Talk or Poster?. Decide which type of presentation you are requesting (there are limited slots for talks and we may ask a few folks to switch to posters).
  2. Author names should include full first names, last names, institutions, and emails (maximum of 8, if more than 8, please list the 8th as et al.)
  3. Title should be less than 300 characters including spaces.
  4. Main Text should be less than 999 characters, including spaces. Paragraphs should be separated with a blank line (two carriage returns). Do not indent your paragraphs.
  5. References should be separated with a blank line (two carriage returns). Format as below:

    Kirk, J. T., 1999, Partial thermal correction of the high-latitude stratosphere of Earth: Journal of Interplanetary Change, v. 364, p. 10254-10271.

    Vader, D., 1996, Successful "global warming" of Earth's atmosphere through remote neutrino bombardment: Empire Research, v. 666, p. 87-99.
  6. Figures should have file endings of .gif, .jpg, or .png; Maximum file size is 4Mb. You can submit up to three files.

Update existing abstract

If you have already submitted an abstract and want to change something, visit the same web page address (URL) emailed to you upon registration. Only those changes made before the deadline will make it into the program.

How to submit?

Register first either online or printing and faxing or mailing the brochure. Thank you for your support.

What to submit?

Most attendees will be submitting original research. But submitting a poster or talk that you have already presented at another conference is fine, as long as it does not violate any agreement you made with the other conference. Making a presentation of a collaborative study for which you are not first author is fine too, as long as you made a substantial contribution and are familiar with all aspects of the study.

Your abstract will be published in our Program & Abstracts volume, on our website and on a CD to all attendees.

Talks vs Posters

Limited talk slots

Due to time constraints, there are limited slots available for talks. Slots will be allocated soon after the abstract submission deadline. Thus, a few Conference attendees may be asked to change their talk to to a poster presentation. The poster session is often the best part of the meeting; so please don't consider this as a second-class option.  Most will poster presentations will also have a short

Talk Instructions

Talk duration for Oral Panel Presentations and Poster Presentation

Presenters who will have a talk and poster presentation should be 12 minutes long. You'll have 3 minutes for questions and transition to the next speaker. The talks are scheduled every 15 minutes.

Invited Presenters

Invited presenters will be 50 minutes in length, including 10 minutes of Q&A.

PowerPoint files

We will accept presentation files PowerPoint (PC). You must transfer your presentation file onto one of our computers. If possible, please send your presentation in advance so that it can be loaded on the computers since time slots are short.  Email to The most reliable method for transferring your file is a USB Flash Drive or CD. For your presentation, use common system fonts or embed your fonts.

Sorry, no laptops for talks

You will not be able to use your laptop for your talk. Our past experience is that technical problems can happen and disrupt the meeting schedule. See the above paragraph on transferring files.

Provided equipment

All rooms are equipped with computers with MS Office, projectors, presentation clickers and DVD players.

Poster Instructions

Poster Size

Posters should be no larger than 4 feet (1.2 m) wide by  3.5 feet (1.0 m) tall. Many folks limit their poster to 1m x 1m to maximize readability when standing.

You will be given a poster location when you check-in. Mounting materials will be available. We would like posters to stay up as long as possible during the conference. Thanks.


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