NNS 2024

Keynote Speakers

NNS 2024 Keynote Speakers

We are thrilled to announce our Neurotrauma 2024 renowned Keynote Speakers. Read their bios to learn more about their educational background, current work and achievements:

Chris Barr

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Monday, June 10, 2024  | 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Session:
KN01 – Opening Keynotes – Survivor Perspective – Chris Barr (SCI) & Jamie MoCrazy (TBI)

In February 2017 Chris broke his neck in eight places while surfing at Ocean Beach San Francisco. The accident left him paralyzed from the neck down and requiring a ventilator to breathe. Since then, Chris has undertaken extensive rehabilitation as well as participated in numerous clinical trials and studies including early decompression/mean arterial pressure management at UCSF Zuckerberg San Francisco General, stem cells as the first participant in the Mayo Clinic’s novel “CELLTOP” clinical trial, and neuromodulation/stimulation studies at UCLA. Chris is now a C3 Asia D quadriplegic and has dedicated his life to spinal cord injury research and advocacy. He is the designated patient advocate on multiple Department of Defense grants for spinal cord injury research and recently assisted in the meta-analysis of clinical trial data for spinal cord injury published in Frontiers in Cellular NeuroscienceBefore his injury, Chris had a 25-year career in institutional finance, most notably with Goldman Sachs in New York and BlackRock in San Francisco, where he was a Managing Director at the time of his injury. Chris earned a BA degree in economics from the University of Maryland, and an MA degree in finance from the University of Exeter, England. 

Chris Barr

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Jamie MoCrazy

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Monday, June 10, 2024  | 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Session:
KN01 – Opening Keynotes – Survivor Perspective – Chris Barr (SCI) & Jamie MoCrazy (TBI)

Jamie MoCrazy grew up on the ski slopes with a dream, and she knew she would do whatever it took to make that dream come true. She would do what it took, like becoming the first woman in the world to flip off a rail in a ski competition. She would do what it took, like winning the first ever slopestyle skiing junior World Championships in New Zealand and convince the IOC to add slopestyle skiing to the Olympics. She would do what it took, like becoming the first woman in the world to double flip at the X-Games. She would do what it took, until what it took almost took her life, in the blink of an eye. 

 A dramatic one-minute video will introduce Jamie and her critical brain injury-which resulted in 8 spots of bleeding to the brain, brain stem damage, paralysis and 10 days in a natural coma followed by complete amnesia. Jamie will then cartwheel onto the stage and share the story of how her life cartwheeled upside down in the blink of an eye. 

 In one of Jamie’s presentations, the audience can expect entertaining, vulnerable and passionate storytelling that helps participants: 

  1. Understand recovery from a brain injury
  2. Help TBI survivors rebuild their life
  3. Learn complementary medicine to implement that leads to full recoveries
  4. Climb an alternative peak after a brain injury

 Since recovering from her accident, Jamie has spoken in front of audiences ranging from 20 to 1,000 people and presented at nonprofit galas, business conventions, wellness conferences, higher education, and medical schools all over the globe. Jamie was a founder for MoCrazy Strong Foundation and was co-director and lead participant in multi-award-winning documentary #MoCrazyStrong. 

Jamie MoCrazy

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Monica Perez

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024 | 10:30 AM – 11:10 AM
Session:
KN03 – Keynote on SCI

Dr. Perez has studied neural mechanisms contributing to the control of voluntary movement in humans with and without SCI for over 15 years. She received her BS degree in PT from the Catholic University of Chile, Ph.D. in PT from the University of Miami, and The Miami Project To Cure Paralysis. She completed 2 postdoctoral fellowships. One at the University of Copenhagen to study transmission in spinal cord circuits and one at NINDS to study transmission in brain circuits involved in the neural control of movement. 

 Dr. Perez has a demonstrated record of successful and productive research projects and leadership in this area. She has advised and mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. She has been continuously funded by NINDS since 2005 and by the VA since 2013. She is a full member of the Member of the Function, Integration, and Rehabilitation Sciences (FIRS) study section and a member of the Board of Advisors for The National Center for Neuromodulation in Rehabilitation (NM4R). Since 2015, she has been a mentor at the Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR)—an intensive grant-writing workshop for junior investigators receiving NIH and other NIH-level research funding. 

 She is the Editor in Chief for Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and Associate Editor for the Journal of Neurophysiology. 

 She has received multiple awards including the Outstanding Neurorehabilitation Clinician Scientist Award by the American Society of Neurorehabilitation in 2017, the NINDS Research Program Award (R35) in 2021, and the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Award by the International Spinal Cord Society in 2022. 

Monica Perez

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