Dr. Alana Conti is the current Vice President of the National Neurotrauma Society and a member of the 2022 Symposium Program Planning Committee. She is a long-standing, active member of both TEAM and the National Neurotrauma Society, as a presenter, abstract judge, Symposium session chair, and Neurotrauma Society Councilor (2016-2018) and Secretary/Treasurer (2019-2020).
Dr. Conti received her BSE in Bioengineering and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was first trained in neurotrauma research. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis where she began her studies on the behavioral and neuroplastic effects of alcohol exposure. As a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University (WSU) and a Health Science Specialist at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, MI, her current research program focuses on the mechanisms by which TBI disrupts neuroplasticity and increases susceptibility to substance abuse disorders and pain behaviors. She has been continually funded for these, and related studies, by federal sources since 2008.
Beyond her research endeavors, Dr. Conti emphasizes mentoring and career development of trainees and junior faculty through her positions on the Women in Medicine and Science steering committee (founding member and Vice-Chair for Research) and as the Graduate Officer for the Translational Neuroscience Graduate Program at WSU.