Agenda at a Glance
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Breaking Barriers

7:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

8:00 a.m.

E. Gordon Gee, JD, EdDPresident, West Virginia University 
Clay Marsh, MDVice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences 
Ali Rezai, MD, Executive Chair, WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI)

8:30 a.m.

The Honorable John “Jay” Rockefeller IV1985-2015 U.S. Senator for West Virginia 

8:40 a.m.

Moderator: Miles O’BrienPBS NewsHour Science Correspondent
Ian Burkhart and Terre Burkhart, Pioneers in spinal cord injury research
Judi Polak and Mark Polak, MDPioneers in Alzheimer’s research


Addressing Public Health Challenges: Alzheimer’s Disease
Moderator: Miles O’Brien, PBS NewsHour Science Correspondent

9:20 a.m.

RNI Executive Chair Dr. Ali Rezai will highlight the Institute’s unique collaborative approach to the management of dementia.
Ali Rezai, MD, Executive Chair, WVU RNI

9:30 a.m.

The RNI is accelerating new technologies and innovative methods to diagnose, manage, and treat Alzheimer’s disease and associated dementias.
Bill J. CrouchCabinet Secretary, WV Dept. of Health and Human Resources
Marc Haut, PhD, Vice Chair and Director, Clinical Research and Education, WVU RNI
Lindsay Chura, PhDSenior Policy and Research Advisor, AARP Chief Scientific Officer, Global Council on Brain Health


10:00 a.m.


Addressing Public Health Challenges: Addiction
Moderator: Miles O’Brien, PBS NewsHour Science Correspondent

10:30 a.m.

John Campo, MD (Introductory Comments), Chief Behavioral Wellness Officer Asst. Dean for Behavioral Health, WVU RNI

10:40 a.m.

Sam QuinonesJournalist and Bestselling Author of “Dreamland”

11:05 a.m.

This session will provide an overview of the RNI’s strategic approach as you learn how they, their partners in academia, private industry, and government are working together to overcome the addiction crisis sweeping the country.
Steven RatliffPatient
Sam QuinonesJournalist and Bestselling Author of “Dreamland”
James H. Berry, DODept. of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, WVU RNI
Garrett Moran, PhDAssociate Director of Services and Policy Innovation, WVU RNI
Geoffrey Martha, Executive VP & Group President, Restorative Therapies Group, Medtronic
David “Ted” George, MDSenior Scientist, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism


11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Moderator: Miles O’Brien, PBS NewsHour Science Correspondent

12:10 p.m.

Tony BuettnerNational Spokesperson and Sr. Vice President, Business Development, Blue Zones

12:30 p.m.

Tony BuettnerNational Spokesperson and Sr. Vice President, Business Development, Blue Zones
Albert Wright, Jr.President & CEO, West Virginia University Health System
Ben Leedle, Jr.CEO, Blue Zones, LLC
George Bennett, PhDFounder and CEO, Good Measures


Addressing Public Health Challenges: Chronic Pain
Moderator: Miles O’Brien, PBS NewsHour Science Correspondent

1:00 p.m.

Dr. Schoomaker will highlight the collaborative activities between the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the RNI.
Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhDLieutenant General, U.S. Army (RET) Director, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)

1:10 p.m.

This session will bring together the patients and key stakeholders discussing the latest advances for the management of chronic pain.
Karl BiermannPatient
Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MDColonel, US Army (RET) Program Director, Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM)
Kevin GallowayDeputy Director, Strategic Communications & Policy DVCIPM
Rick Vaglienti, MDDirector of WVU Center for Integrative Pain Management
Greg Fiore, MDExec. VP and Medical Officer, Sollis Therapeutics
Matt ThomasVP & General Manager, Pain Stimulation and Early Interventions, Medtronic
David Watson, MDChair, Department of Neurology, WVU RNI


Technology Changing Health & Wellness
Moderator: Alan Russell, Highmark Distinguished Career Professor, Chemical Engineering Director, Disruptive Health Technology Institute, CMU

1:50 p.m.

Gregory Licholai, MDCo-Director, Yale Center for Digital Health and Innovation

2:10 p.m.

The role of technology in healthcare and wellness – from testing to diagnosis and treatment – will be the topic of this discussion panel. 
Andrea Serino, PhDHead of Neuroscience, MindMaze
George Bennett, PhDFounder and CEO, Good Measures
Mark Lee, MD, PhDChair, Dept. of Neurosurgery, WVU RNI
Pierre-François D’Haese PhDCEO, NeuroTargeting


2:45 p.m.


Improving Health, Performance, Resiliency, and Recovery
Moderator: Michael L. J. Apuzzo, MD, Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery, Yale School of Medicine

3:15 p.m.

Government, military, and scientific leaders will share their perspectives on improving population health.
Bill GaussaHead of Advanced Innovation, Philips
Major General James HoyerThe Adjutant General, West Virginia
Scott Galster, PhDVice Chair, Applied Research, WVU RNI
Randy Nelson, PhDChair, Department of Neuroscience and Director of Basic Research, WVU RNI
Co-Moderators: Steve Tashjian, Head Performance Specialist, US Men’s National Soccer Team, and Russ Romano, Associate Director for Sports Medicine, USC

3:45 p.m.

This session brings together experts to discuss the type of data needed and the critical importance of validation, accurate monitoring, and the utility of data to improve decision makers’ outcomes.
Neal BrownHead Coach, Football, WVU
Jon HammondHead Coach, Rifle, WVU
Nikki Izzo-BrownHead Coach, Women’s Soccer, WVU
Victor Finomore, Jr., PhDDirector, Research, Development, and Data Analytics, WVU RNI
Frank Zanow PhDCEO, ANT Neuro

4:15 p.m.

This session will explore the current and next generation technologies to optimize performance and accelerate recovery.
Josh Hagen, PhDDirector, Human Performance Innovation Center, WVU RNI
Ginny Thrasher2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Rifle, WVU
Mark StephensonDirector of Player Performance, Detroit Lions
Lothar Krinke, PhDCEO, Magstim Group, and Adjunct Asst. Professor, Neuroscience, WVU
Mike JosephHead Coach for Strength and Conditioning, Football, WVU


5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Innovation Center, WVU Health Sciences Campus


Immersive Demonstrations

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Transportation to Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

Engage in hands-on demonstrations during a tour of the RNI’s Center for Innovation.
Get an inside look at the cutting-edge research and development capabilities being
utilized across athletic, military, patient, and general populations. Demonstrations
include floatation tanks, photobiomodulation unit, cryotherapy, gait analysis system,
virtual reality, neuromodulation, and a complete performance assessment center.

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