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Annual Conference

The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania will host the Eighteenth Annual Conference on June 24-26, 2018 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square in Lancaster, PA.

This year’s theme is Confronting the Challenges of Today for a Stronger Tomorrow. The conference program will feature four outstanding and dynamic keynote sessions, as well as three concurrent educational tracks. More than 350 attendees, including a wide variety of rehabilitation professionals, family members, and survivors, and 40 exhibitors will attend, so don’t miss this important and enriching event.

Online Registration is now closed.  Please register at the conference.

Conference Hotel Information

CBIS Review Course & Application Information

Interested in becoming a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)?  BIAPA offers a CBIS Review Course for those interested in taking the certification exam.  Anyone interested in attending the Review Course must 1) notify BIAPA of interest in attending the CBIS Review Course by emailing; 2) follow the CBIS Review Course & Application Information for details on registration and how to apply for the CBIS exam and receive the discounted group rate, and 3) prepare for the Review Course and the exam ahead of time.

The deadline for applying to CBIS as part of our group and for registering for the CBIS Review Course is Monday, May 25, 2018!  There will be no exceptions to this deadline!

You can download the CBIS Review Course & Application Information here.

Download a PDF of the Conference Brochure

Exhibitor, Advertiser & Sponsor Information

Sunday's Keynote Speakers are Dr. Grace Dammann and Filmmaker, Mark Lipman

Mark Lipman

Dr. Dammann

Dr. Grace Dammann narrowly survived a head-on crash on the Golden Gate Bridge in 2008.  She was left with 17 broken bones, 3 brain bleeds and massive internal injuries.  After spending 13 months in rehab facilities, she returned home to the Buddhist Community where she had lived for twenty-years.  Dr. Dammann describes her journey of recovery and her eventual return to medial practice as the Director of Pain Clinic at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco.  Mark Lipman has worked as a documentary filmmaker for over thirty-five years, exploring a wide range of subjects.  He produced the feature documentary on Grace's recovery.  Mark will share his experiences following Grace on this incredible journey.

A documentary about Dr. Dammann's recovery State of Grace will be shown on Sunday evening.


Monday's Keynote Speaker is JJ Virgin, Author. 

JJ Virgin, Author

On September 10, 2012, JJ Virgin's 16 year old son, Grant, was hit by a car while crossing the street in his neighborhood and left for dead.  The doctors recommended that she let him die, but instead, JJ overruled them and fought for her son.  In this talk she will share how she is able to stay mentally strong and physically healthy during the months Grant was in the hospital and the mindset behind her 110% recovery approach for her son.




Tuesday morning's Plenary Speaker is Dr. Brian Greenwald.

Dr. Greenwald will compare the commonly used Ranchos Los Amigos Scales to the changes seen at a brain level as recovery occurs after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).  The assessment and the differential diagnosis will be reviewed.  Agitation will be differentiated from aggression.  Current concepts of non-pharmacologic treatment early on after TBI will be addressed.  Risk and benefits of pharmacologic treatment for targeted agitation, aggression and irritability will be reviewed.

Tuesday afternoon's Keynote Speaker is Ajani "AJ" Murray and Cynthia McFadden.

Ajani "AJ" Murray

"AJ" is a professional disabled actor represented by KMR Talent, North Hollywood, California.  His breakout feature documentary film, Becoming Bulletproof, opened several doors for this aspiring actor who has since played roles in several films. Bardo Blues (2015), Take a Look at This Heart (2018), and The Homecoming (post-production).

Each keynote has a fascinating biography and you can read more about each speaker by clicking here.