NNS 2024


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Welcome to Neurotrauma 2024
June 9-12, 2024

JOIN US IN SAN FRANCISCO at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square

It is our distinct pleasure to invite you to attend the 41st annual National Neurotrauma Society Symposium, to be held in San Francisco, CA on June 9 – 12th, 2024, at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square. As in previous years, the NNS will co-host this meeting with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/CNS Joint Section on Neurotrauma & Critical Care.

We look forward to seeing everyone in San Francisco!


Adam R. Ferguson, PhD

President, National Neurotrauma Society


Kimberly Byrnes, PhD

NNS 2024 Symposium Chair


Gene Gurkoff, PhD

NNS 2024 Symposium Co-Chair

Courtney Robertson

Program Chair
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Courtney Robertson, MD

NNS President

Courtney L. Robertson, MD is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins SOM. She is the Director of the Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program in the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Pediatric ICU. She also serves as the fellowship director of the Pediatric Neurocritical Care fellowship, and the research co-director of the Pediatric Critical Care fellowship. Her research evaluates neuroprotective strategies in pediatric traumatic brain injury, using clinically relevant models of injury. Specifically, her work focuses on mitochondrial dysfunction and neuroinflammation after TBI, and the developmental regulation of these pathways. She has been the site PI for several multi-center clinical trials in pediatric TBI, and is currently co-PI of a multinational clinical study evaluating neurologic manifestations of COVID19 in infants and children. She is a founding member and past Chair of the Pediatric Neurocritical Care Research Group.


She has been an active member of the National Neurotrauma Society for >20 years, serving on NNS council for 3 terms, and as an officer in WiNTR. She is currently serving as president of NNS.


Dr. Robertson completed her undergraduate training (Texas A&M) and medical school (UTMB) in Texas, followed by pediatric residency at University of North Carolina. Her fellowship training was in pediatric critical care at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where she was also a research fellow at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research.

Grace Griesbach

Conference Chair
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Grace Griesbach, PhD

Program Chair

Dr. Grace S. Griesbach is the National Director of Clinical Research for the Centre for Neuro Skills and is affiliated to the Department of Neurosurgery, Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She received her doctorate in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin under the training of National Academy of Science member, Dr. Abram Amsel. She later did her post-doctoral studies at UCLA under the guidance of Dr. David Hovda. She was the first to provide molecular basis to anecdotal observations on the timing of exercise after experimental traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr. Griesbach has expanded her exercise research to the clinical field and is exploring mechanisms that have an influence on post-acute recovery after TBI and stroke. She has served as a President for the National Neurotrauma Society and is currently the Program Chair for the 2022 Neurotrauma Symposium.

Michelle LaPlaca

NNS Councilor (LOC)
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Michelle LaPlaca, PHD

NNS Councilor (LOC)

Bio coming soon.

Todd E. White

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Todd E. White, PhD


Todd E. White, PhD is a Research Biologist at the Atlanta VA Health Care System and an Assistant Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine(MSM). Dr. White is a current Career Development Awardee from The VA Rehabilitation R&D. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in neuroscience from The University of Florida (UF). Dr. White then completed postdoctoral training at UF and MSM. Dr. White has over 25 years of research experience focused on the study of neurotrauma, including preclinical studies of spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. He has as his overarching goals to improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurotrauma. His current project is the development and molecular and behavioral characterization of a preclinical model of chronic repetitive mild TBI.

View NNS 2022 Planning Committee

Since its inception, the NNS symposia have brought together scientists, clinicians, and health-care providers who are dedicated to the study of neurotrauma and to translating knowledge generated by research into improved patient care.

Join your colleagues and initiate new collaborations at the premier forum for information related to traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.

The annual Neurotrauma Symposia are co-hosted by the National Neurotrauma Society and the American Association Neurological Surgeons and Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care (AANS/CNS). This combination of expertise allows for presentations that integrate state-of-the-art clinical, translational, and basic science data. Share with others what function means to you and hear about cutting edge approaches to assessing and improving function after neurotrauma.

The Scientific Program Committees are charged with putting together programs comprised of plenary and break-out sessions in which the leading experts will share their up-to-date research and findings in neurotrauma.

A central focus of the Symposium are the highly interactive poster sessions which stimulate scholarly discussions on the mechanisms, assessments and treatments for improving function after neurotrauma.


  • Network with the best and brightest across the region in the field of Neurotrauma.
  • Learn from the latest research in SCI and TBI
  • Gain valuable insights from expert keynote speakers.
  • Collaborate with your peers in Neurotrauma Advocacy.
  • Benefit from educational and networking opportunities for trainees sponsored by our TEAM Committee.
  • Preclinical and Clinical relevance.
  • Get feedback on your own research.
  • Make new connections, a great platform for employers and recent grads.
  • Meet with and hear what’s new with Neurotrauma’s sponsors and exhibitors.
  • Visit San Francisco, California – don’t forget to take a ride on the iconic and historical cable cars and visit the Golden Gate Bridge!


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