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Quarantine and Violence

May 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am



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Quarantine & Violence

Mechanisms & Bio-response to Traumatic Brain Injury from Domestic Violence

Friday, May 1, 2020  10:30AM-11:30 AM (AZ)

With Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD  & Brittanty Sweeny-Lawson

Brain injury, regardless of severity and repetition, dismantles the delicate circuits that perform the functions we come to expect from our brain. As the brain repairs itself, some early deficits heal, while other impairments emerge later. We will discuss analogies to help the audience appreciate these elegant reparative and restorative functions, while sharing scientific evidence for these processes.

Based on the presenter’s expertise and current research, information will be discussed regarding the mechanisms of injury, the biological response, and the current perspectives on brain injury from domestic violence. Audience members will leave with an appreciation for the scope of issues regarding traumatic brain injury as a disease, and the assurance that treatment and recovery are possible through education and health care

ABOUT THE PRESENTER —Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD serves as the director of the Translational Neurotrauma Research Program, which is a joint venture through BARROW Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Department of Child Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System. In 2012, he was recruited to direct Translational Neurotrauma Research in Phoenix with the vision to improve quality of life for those with acquired neurological injury. 

His research questions primarily investigate traumatic brain injury as a disease process that dismantles, repairs and regenerates circuits in the brain. The underlying principle is that adaptive repair and regeneration fail, leaving a miswired brain and neurological impairments that decrease quality of life. Dr. Lifshitz takes great pride in his trainees, who work together in animal, translational, and clinical investigations.

The Translational Neurotrauma Research Program is supported by Federal extramural grants, institutional funds, and philanthropic donations. He has won five national or international awards for his research on traumatic brain injury and an NCAA/DOD Mind Matters Challenge for Concussion Education. He has more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, in addition to other monographs and book chapters. He is the inventor of two awarded patents, two submitted patents and two patents in process. He Chairs the Arizona Governor’s Council on Spinal and Head Injury and is the Lead Scientist and director of Research and Development for the CACTIS Foundation. He has served or currently serves in leadership roles for: The National Neurotrauma Society; the Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) Service Scientific Merit Review Board of the VA; and the Scientific Review Study Sections for the National Institutes of Health.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR —Brittany Sweeney- Lawson, Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona Resource Facilitation Manager

Brittany is responsible for vetting and researching brain injury resources and information so those who need them most—survivors of brain injury, their families, and the professionals who serve them— have reliable access to them through the BIAAZ website database. As the bilingual resource facilitation manger, she strives to offer the highest-quality resources in English and Spanish, and is continuously in the process of translating BIAAZ materials into Spanish. She is proud to be on the BIAAZ team, providing education and raising awareness for the invisible injury of brain injury. In her spare time, Brittany loves attending and acting in theater productions, baking, reading, karaoke, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their cat, dog, and hedgehog


May 1
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona