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Hart and Weintraub Named as BIAA Award Recipients

18-Aug-2017 Award Winners Recognized for Contributions to Research and Clinical Care

Vienna, Va. – The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has announced that Tessa Hart, Ph.D., has been named as the recipient of the 2017 William Fields Caveness Award, and that Alan Weintraub, M.D., will receive the Sheldon Berrol M.D. Clinical Service Award.

Each year, the William Fields Caveness Award is presented by BIAA in recognition of an individual who, through research on both a national and international level, has made outstanding contributions to bettering the lives of persons with brain injury.

Tessa Hart, Ph.D., is institute scientist at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, where she directs the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinical Research Laboratory and the Moss TBI Model System. She is also research professor in the department of rehabilitation medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. Dr. Hart’s wide-ranging research interests include creating and testing treatments to improve executive function, emotional function, and self-regulation. Her other interests include vocational rehabilitation for TBI and the use of assistive technology for cognition. Dr. Hart further advances the field of brain injury rehabilitation by serving on multiple peer review panels, editorial boards, and national and international task forces.

The Sheldon Berrol M.D. Clinical Service Award is presented each year to an individual who, through a long service career, has made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of care, professional training, and/or education in the field of brain injury.

Alan Weintraub, M.D., has been medical director of the Brain Injury Program at Craig Hospital since 1986. Dr. Weintraub also serves as the medical director for the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury System, a federally designated Model System of Care with extensive clinical, research, and dissemination activities. He has special interests in pharmacological management of adults with brain injury, spasticity, sports-related concussion, and the long-term consequences of brain injury. He is actively involved in local, regional, and national organizations and is devoted to the aging and long-term needs of persons with brain injury and their families. For more than 25 years, Dr. Weintraub has lectured extensively to broad audiences and written on a number of specific topics related to both traumatic and acquired brain injury.

The awards will be presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitative Medication (ACRM) annual conference, which is being held Oct. 23-28 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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