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Media Roundtable: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Virtual media roundtables provide reporters with an opportunity for direct discussion with leading VA researchers on key research topics and portfolio areas. Each hour-long session includes brief remarks by researchers on a designated topic followed by a question and answer session. Reporters may participate in-person at VA headquarters in Washington, DC, or by teleconference. For more information, including a call-in number, please contact Laurie Tranter, VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, at


Joel Kupersmith, MD: As Chief Research and Development Officer of the VA, Dr. Kupersmith has completed projects and published papers on a number of health and research policy projects including how to fund, oversee and promote comparative effectiveness research, how Academic Medical Centers should be accountable, quality of care in teaching hospitals, regional IRBs, medical manpower and other issues.

Joel Kupersmith, MD

Regina McGlinchey, Ph.D. - Dr. Regina McGlinchey is currently serving at the Boston VA Rehabilitation Center of Excellence as Director and Principal Investigator of the TRACTS Program. She also is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Harvard School of Medicine. Since receiving her doctorate from Tufts University, Dr. McGlinchey has focused on expanding the understanding of normal functions such as attention, perception, language, memory, and learning through the study of individuals for whom these functions have become compromised. Recently, Dr. McGlinchey has turned her focus to understanding how mild TBI and related stress disorders, independently and interactively impact the brain, which can lead to issues in thinking abilities and problems with family and work-life. Several of Dr. McGlinchey's research projects, such as Translational Research Center for Traumatic Brain Injury and Stress Disorders (TRACTS), focus on the development of innovative treatments that target both TBI and related stress disorders, simultaneously, in order to maximize recovery.

Regina McGlinchey, Ph.D.

Dr. William Milberg, Ph.D. - Dr. William Milberg is a Research Neuropsychologist at the VA Brockton/West Roxbury Medical Center in Boston, Mass. and a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Milberg's research program has focused on the basic problem of the manner in which stroke and dementia impact patients' cognitive functioning. He is well known for his work showing how information, and the processes that use that information, may be studied separately in patients with neurological disease. In collaboration with Dr. McGlinchey, Dr. Milberg helped lead the effort to acquire a new center of excellence funded by VA Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) and is currently serving as the Co-Principal Investigator of the TRACTS program.

Dr. William Milberg, Ph.D.

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