The 2017 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Summit kicked off with opening remarks from Defense Health Agency Healthcare Operations Director Maj. Gen. Jeffery Clark.
Presentation topics included gender differences in traumatic brain injury (TBI), the long-lasting effects of TBI post-deployment, and ways to improve clinical culture when treating service members.
A Head for the Future live-tweeted during DVBIC Deputy Director Kathleen Helmicks and Dr. Anne Bunner's presentation on gender differences in TBI. They highlighted differences in men's and women's sex hormones and age as factors in injury and recovery outcomes.
Other differences included injury mechanisms and the frequency concussions are reported. For example, male and female athletes are both at higher risk for TBI, but women athletes are more likely to report a concussion.
As Day 1 came to a close, participants were encouraged to share what they learned and connect with DCoE on Twitter.
A Head for the Future continued live-tweeting during Day 2 of . Topics included visual dysfunction in TBI, combat stress and operational stress. Col. Beverly Scott's presentation, "Filling in the Gaps: Capturing the Whole Story Following " emphasized the importance of optimizing a patient's history and learning the whole story to promote accurate symptom attribution and diagnosis.