Galileo’s Science Café: Keeping our soldiers safe: Understanding, Treating, and Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury

February 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle

Speaker: Dr. Emanuel Petricoin III (George Mason University) and Dr. Dara Dickstein (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)

Keeping our soldiers safe: Understanding, Treating, and Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury 

Bio: Dr. Emanuel F. Petricoin received his PhD in microbiology from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is a University Professor and the Co-Director of the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM) at George Mason University. The focus of CAPMM is the invention and use of proteomics technologies for personalized therapy, molecular diagnostics, and biomarker discovery. Dr. Petricoin is also the Chief Science Officer and co-founder of Perthera, Inc., a leading precision medicine company that empowers all cancer patients and oncologists globally with the most comprehensive molecular profiling and data analytics process. In addition, he is co-founder of Ceres Nanosciences, Inc., which develops tools for diagnostics and precision medicine applications; Theranostics Health, Inc.; and the Human Proteomic Organization (HUPO). Dr. Petricoin has authored/co-authored nearly 400 peer-reviewed publications and more than 45 book chapters. He is a senior editor for Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention and on the editorial board of JCO Precision OncologyProteomicsBiomedical MicrodevicesProteomics-Clinical Applications, Proteomics-Protocols, Molecular, and Carcinogenesis, Journal of Personalized Medicine. Dr. Petricoin is also a co-inventor on 40 filed and published patents.

Bio: Dr. Dickstein is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  Currently, Dr. Dickstein’s research is directed towards the study of selective neuronal vulnerability in ageing, dementia, and other neurodegenerative disorders using classical neuropathological as well as modern quantitative methods. Dr. Dickstein has established much national and international collaboration, and has become an expert in the techniques of intracellular injections, fluorescence quantification, confocal and electron microscopy. Dr. Dickstein is a co-PL in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mount Sinai and a member of the Computational Neurobiology and Imaging Center (CNIC) at Mount Sinai. As a member of CNIC, she has contributed to the creation of an automated quantitative software tool (NeuronStudio) that enables accurate 3D analysis of individual neurons in the brain at very high resolution.

Bring your family and friends for a free, interactive science discussion. The evening will be opened by U.S. Veteran Sgt. Tom Bates sharing his experiences on the battlefield and the personal challenges he faces after experiencing multiple blast exposures. Learn about the science of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the neurodegenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Hear about the latest research findings by Drs. Dickstein and Petricoin and their quest to diagnose TBI, sub-concussive events, and CTE. In addition to speaking with the scientific experts, attendees will have the opportunity to visit with associations who are dedicated to supporting military, veterans and their families. Exhibitors include Coming Home WellNova Veterans AssociationVirginia Department of Veteran ServicesHope for the WarriorsGMU Center for Psychological ServicesConcussion Legacy FoundationMedical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC), and more.