Igniting the Spark - 2017 Cohen Veterans Care Summit

This event is open to the public with a special welcome to veterans and their families.  

What is Igniting the Spark?

Igniting the Spark is a public event that will set the stage for the 2nd Annual Cohen Veterans Care Summit by exploring the full spectrum of challenges that veterans and others face in the wake of physical and emotional brain trauma.

This half-day inaugural event features some of the world’s leading advocates in brain research and care.  We will provide the “State of Affairs” in Brain Health – what we’ve accomplished, where we need to go and how we are going to get there.

Special invitees include patient advocacy groups, passionate donors, and PTSD and TBI survivor groups. This event is open to anyone with an interest in learning more, a desire to help their community members, and all those impacted by trauma.

How can I attend?

Join us in our quest to end the suffering of the millions of veterans and civilians who endure the devastating effects of trauma on the brain. Due to limited space, participants are required to register. This event is free and open to the public.

Speakers

  • Shelli Avenevoli, PhD
    Shelli Avenevoli, PhD Deputy Director
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

    Shelli Avenevoli, PhD

    Deputy Director
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

    Shelli Avenevoli, Ph.D. is the Deputy Director for the National Institute of Mental Health, the lead Federal agency for research on mental illness, with a budget of $1.4 billion and a staff of over 1,000. NIMH seeks to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

    Dr. Avenevoli joined NIMH as a staff scientist in 2001, in the Section on Development Genetic Epidemiology of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program. In 2005, she moved to the extramural program to become chief of the Emotion, Mood, and Depressive Disorders Program. In 2008, Dr. Avenevoli became the branch chief of Developmental Trajectories of Mental Disorders branch. She has been heavily involved with a number of key NIMH efforts, among them the revision of NIMH’s Strategic Plan, re-defining the Institute’s approach to supporting research in neurodevelopment and bipolar disorder, and serving as a liaison to other agencies for special initiatives.

    Dr. Avenevoli received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University and completed an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at Yale University School of Medicine.

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  • Patrick S.F. Bellgowan, PhD
    Patrick S.F. Bellgowan, PhD Program Director for TBI
    NINDS / NIH

    Patrick S.F. Bellgowan, PhD

    Program Director for TBI
    NINDS / NIH

    Patrick S.F. Bellgowan, PhD, is the Program Director for traumatic brain injury (TBI) research at the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). The NINDS TBI portfolio covers a broad spectrum of research, from disease-related basic research to large clinical research programs. In addition to overseeing the TBI portfolio for NINDS, he is also programmatically involved in the Brain Initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Human Connectome project, and the NIH Common Funds Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program. Patrick earned his PhD in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee studying the role of the amygdala in fear conditioning. His postdoctoral training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and later in the Intramural Research Program at NIH focused on investigating human memory systems using functional neuroimaging. Before coming to the extramural program at NINDS he was the Director of Cognitive Neuroscience and Associate Professor at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and the University of Tulsa, where he used magnetic resonance and immunological methods to study the acute effects of concussion in collegiate athletes.

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  • Steven A. Cohen, BS
    Steven A. Cohen, BS Chairman and CEO
    Point72 Asset Management

    Steven A. Cohen, BS

    Chairman and CEO
    Point72 Asset Management

    Steven A. Cohen is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Point72 Asset Management, a 1,000-person family office managing the assets of Mr. Cohen and certain eligible employees. Mr. Cohen founded S.A.C. Capital Advisors in 1992 and converted his investment operations to the Point72 Asset Management family office in 2014. An avid philanthropist and entrepreneur, Mr. Cohen has founded and holds active leadership roles in a number of nonprofit organizations.

    Mr. Cohen is the Co-Chair and Founder of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. Started in 2001 by Mr. Cohen and his wife Alexandra, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is committed to achieving lasting and meaningful change through commitments to children’s health, education, veterans, and the arts. A longtime advocate for veterans with a particular interest in veterans’ mental health issues, Mr. Cohen co-founded Cohen Veterans Network and Cohen Veterans Bioscience in 2015 to improve the mental healthcare, treatment, and quality of life for recently-returned veterans and their families. He sits on the Board of Cohen Veterans Network.

    Mr. Cohen also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles and the Emeritus Board of the Robin Hood Foundation. Mr. Cohen received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his investing career at Gruntal & Co., where he managed proprietary capital for 14 years before starting his own investment business.

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  • Al Emondi, PhD
    Al Emondi, PhD Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office
    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    Al Emondi, PhD

    Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office
    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    Dr. Al Emondi is a Program Manager within the DARPA Biological Technologies Office.  He manages the Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces (HAPTIX) program that seeks to create a prosthetic hand system that moves and provides sensation like a natural hand. Dr. Emondi also manages the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program that is developing implantable neural interfaces able to provide advanced signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the brain and electronics.  Other interests include the development of non-invasive brain machine interface technologies.

    Previously, Dr. Emondi was the Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic where he was responsible for ensuring the center is appropriately positioned to perform credible research and deliver emerging technologies to our Naval forces and DoD.  He provided the strategic oversight and execution of a $100M research portfolio, and directed innovative strategic investments in new scientific research, development of the center’s scientific workforce, the transition of research projects to mainstream acquisition and the recapitalizing of the center’s research laboratories. 

    Dr. Emondi is recognized as an early pioneer in the area of programmable radio architectures and has worked with DoD, NATO and Partner for Piece Nations toward the instantiation and acceptance of Software Defined Radio technologies.   He received his masters degree in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Neuroscience from Syracuse University while conducting collaborative research at the Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience at University of California, San Francisco.

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  • Lindsey Grandison, PhD
    Lindsey Grandison, PhD National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    Lindsey Grandison

    National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    Dr. Grandison has been associated with the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for fifteen years where he has managed activities on stress and alcohol use. He leads stress related programs within NIAAA and coordinates NIAAA related programs with other federal agencies and non governmental organizations. Prior to coming to NIAAA Dr. Grandison had an active academic research program in neuroendocrinology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical.

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  • Magali Haas, MD, PhD, MSE
    Magali Haas, MD, PhD, MSE CEO and President
    Cohen Veterans Bioscience

    Magali Haas, MD, PhD, MSE

    CEO and President
    Cohen Veterans Bioscience

    Dr. Haas founded Orion Bionetworks in July 2012 and serves as its CEO and President. Orion Bionetworks was transformed to Cohen Veterans Bioscience in 2015 to specifically dedicate research to improving the detection and treatment of post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and related co-morbidities so that the burden of these conditions may be lessened on service members, veterans, and their families.

    Magali has over 15 years of pharmaceutical executive and clinical research experience, predominantly at Johnson & Johnson, where she assumed broad end-to-end development leadership roles in medical marketing, full clinical development, early development, and translational and biomarker sciences in psychiatry and neurology. She successfully filed NDAs in the US and Europe for risperidone indications in Autism, Adolescent Schizophrenia, Juvenile Bipolar Disorder and Conduct Disorders. She also led Development Teams evaluating compounds for Depression, Neuropathic Pain, Epilepsy, and Migraine Disorder.

    She served 3 years as Chief Science and Technology Officer for One Mind for Research, a nonprofit organization launched in May 2012 by Patrick J Kennedy. She orchestrated the launch of One Mind’s seminal programs, Apollo, an informatics research portal and, Gemini, an international TBI/PTSD research program.

    As an “intrapreneur” at J&J she established the first Neuroscience Translational Medicine & Integrative Solutions department, and co-founded the first Companion Diagnostics Center of Excellence as well as J&J’s Healthcare Innovation team. She serves on several advisory boards including Brain Canada, Prophase, Pear Therapeutics, PAASP and IMEC for nanoelectronics.

    Magali earned her BS in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University, New Jersey, and her MD PhD with distinction in neuroscience from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.

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  • Dallas Hack, MD, Colonel, US Army (Retired)
    Dallas Hack, MD, Colonel, US Army (Retired) Chief Strategy Officer
    Cohen Veterans Bioscience

    Dallas Hack, MD, Colonel, US Army (Retired)

    Chief Strategy Officer
    Cohen Veterans Bioscience

    Dr. Dallas Hack, MD, served as the Director of the US Army Combat Casualty Care Research Program and Chair of the Joint Program Committee for Combat Casualty Care from 2008 to 2014 and as the Senior Medical Advisor to the Principal Assistant for Research and Technology, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command from 2014 to 2015. He coordinated more than 70% of the Department of Defense trauma research to improve battlefield trauma care of those injured in combat. During this time, the Department of Defense funded more traumatic brain injury research than any organization because of the increasing awareness of its massive burden in the military. He has held numerous military medical leadership positions including Chief of Clinical Services at Fort Knox, KY, Commander of the NATO Headquarters Healthcare Facility, and Command Surgeon at the strategic level during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Dallas received numerous military awards including the Bronze Star, two Legion of Merit awards, and seven Meritorious Service Medals and was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Military Order of Medical Merit. He has a BA from Andrews University, a MPH from Johns Hopkins University, an MD from Loma Linda University, a MSS from the US Army War College, and a CPE from the Certifying Commission in Medical Management. He was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by Loma Linda University in May 2015. After retiring from military service, Dallas has consulted with numerous organizations to advance research in brain health and transition the progress to improved clinical practice.

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  • Bob Harward
    Bob Harward CEO
    Lockheed Martin, United Arab Emirates

    Bob Harward

    CEO
    Lockheed Martin, United Arab Emirates

    Bob Harward is the Chief Executive Officer for Lockheed Martin in the UAE and lives in Abu Dhabi. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s business interests in the UAE, including strategy, operations, and growth of Lockheed Martin programs, as well as successful execution of all ongoing business. A National Security Expert, in both theory and application, he served on the National Security Council for the Bush administration, commissioned the National Counter Terrorism Center, and has extensive combat/counterterrorism experience as a US Navy SEAL, in Afghanistan (he led both invasions in 2001 and 2003), Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and Bosnia. A US Naval Academy alumni, he holds a Masters degree in International Security Affairs, and is a graduate of the Naval War College and the MIT Foreign Policy Program. He also served as an executive fellow at RAND and speaks Farsi. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he was a Vice Admiral (SEAL) in the United States Navy, with his last assignment as Deputy Commander, US Central Command (USCENTCOM). He currently serves on the Secretary of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC).

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  • Kacie Kelly, MHS
    Kacie Kelly, MHS Program Director, Health & Wellness
    George W. Bush Presidential Center

    Kacie Kelly, MHS

    Program Director, Health & Wellness
    George W. Bush Presidential Center

    Kacie Kelly is the Program Director, Veterans’ Health and Wellness for the George W. Bush Institute. In this role, Kacie oversees and manages policy, operational, and programmatic efforts on Veteran health and well-being, including the Warrior Wellness Alliance. She also manages strategic efforts to promote partnerships, collaboration, and alignment among organizations that are so crucial to fostering the health and well-being of post-9/11 Veterans. Prior to this role, Kacie served as the National Director for Public-Private Partnerships in the US Department of Veterans Affairs Office for Suicide Prevention, where she was responsible for developing a comprehensive and integrated public health approach to preventing suicide among the 14 million Veterans not engaged in VA healthcare. Throughout her 15-year career with the VA, she led innovative programs to serve more Veterans and their families through strategic partnerships within government and across public and private sectors. In addition, she has had leading roles in promoting military culture competence in the community, outreach efforts to reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental health care, and enhancing provider proficiency in evidence-based mental health care. She earned her Master of Health Sciences (MHS) at Louisiana State University and has a Graduate Certificate in Women in Public Policy and Politics from the University of Massachusetts – Boston.

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  • Frank Larkin, MS
    Frank Larkin, MS US Senate Sergeant at Arms
    United States Senate

    Frank J. Larkin, MS

    US Senate Sergeant at Arms
    United States Senate

    Frank Larkin is the United States Senate Sergeant at Arms (SAA). As chief law enforcement and executive officer of the Senate, the SAA enforces rules of the Senate; provides a range of technical and administrative services to Senators in their Washington, DC, and state offices; and maintains security in the Capitol and Senate office buildings.

    Frank was a member of the Senior Executive Service, recently serving as both the Acting Director and the Vice Director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) within the Department of Defense. He previously served as JIEDDO’s Director for the Counter IED Operations-Intelligence Integration Center. JIEDDO’s mission was to focus all Department of Defense actions in support of the combatant commanders’ efforts to defeat improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as weapons of strategic influence. Frank’s focus was in support of our deployed warfighters and special operations forces around the globe and the integration of a “whole of government” disruption effort targeting extremist networks that employ IEDs.

    Frank served for more than two decades in the United States Secret Service (USSS), beginning in 1984 as a Special Agent assigned to the Philadelphia and Washington Field Offices, before assignment to the Presidential Protective Division. He was assigned to the Office of Congressional Affairs for a two-year fellowship on Capitol Hill, serving a year each with the Senate and House Appropriations Committees. Frank entered the USSS supervisory ranks as Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office, where he led financial, electronic, and organized crimes investigations. Following the events of 9/11, he returned to Washington, DC, as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division, supervising White House security operations. As Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Technical Security Division, Frank was responsible for tactical countermeasures programs. In 2004, he was promoted to the Senior Executive Service, assuming the position of Deputy Assistant Director for Protective Research and Chief Technology Officer.

    Following his USSS career, Frank was Director, Program Management & Leadership, for the Raytheon Company, and more recently, worked at Lockheed Martin’s Defense & Intelligence Solutions, responsible for providing operations and intelligence analysis support to the intelligence community.

    A veteran of the US Navy, Frank has a significant military and law enforcement special operations background, serving as a special warfare operator in the Navy SEALs. After his Navy service, he was a uniformed patrol officer with the Norristown (PA) Police Department, a homicide detective with the Montgomery County (PA) District Attorney’s Office, and a Maryland State Trooper-Flight Paramedic.

    Frank holds a BA degree in criminal justice and an MS degree in public administration from Villanova University. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the US Secret Service award for valor, the Department of the Army’s Exceptional Civilian Service award, and the Superior Civilian Service award.

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  • Dennis McGurk, PhD, Colonel, US Army
    Dennis McGurk, PhD, Colonel, US Army Director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program
    US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

    Dennis McGurk, PhD, Colonel, US Army

    Director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program
    US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

    COL Dennis McGurk is Director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. He entered the military in 1990 as an infantryman in the Army Reserve and was commissioned as a medical service corps officer in 1994. He earned his PhD in Experimental Psychology from Texas Tech University in 2002. He has served as a platoon leader, operations officer, company commander, research branch chief, and detachment commander.  During his 22+ years of military service, Dennis has deployed to Haiti, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He has published in peer-reviewed journals, was the lead author on two book chapters, has presented to numerous scientific and military conferences, and has briefed many senior military leaders including the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the Secretary of the Army, and the Secretary of the Navy.

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  • Rachel Ramoni, DMD, ScD
    Rachel Ramoni, DMD, ScD Chief Research and Development Officer
    US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Rachel Ramoni, DMD, ScD

    Chief Research and Development Officer
    US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Rachel Ramoni, DMD, ScD, is Chief Research and Development Officer in the US Department of Veterans Affairs. She oversees the VA’s nationwide research enterprise, encompassing 2000 active projects at more than 100 sites. The singular purpose of VA research is to address unanswered questions that affect veterans’ health, quality of life, and healthcare. Prior to coming to the VA in January 2017, she was on the faculty at New York University College of Dentistry in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, and at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Biomedical Informatics.

    Rachel’s research interests include informatics, genomics, and precision medicine. Her research has focused on deploying information technology innovations to improve real-world healthcare quality and effectiveness. She has led large, multidisciplinary, practical research projects including the NIH-funded Undiagnosed Diseases Network, which has used close bench-bedside-bench collaboration to find answers for scores of people with conditions that have eluded diagnosis. Rachel earned a DMD from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and a ScD in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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  • David J. Shulkin, MD
    David J. Shulkin, MD Secretary of Veterans Affairs
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs

    David J. Shulkin, MD

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs

    The Honorable Dr. David J. Shulkin was nominated by President Trump to serve as the ninth Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) and was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 13th, 2017.

    Prior to his confirmation as Secretary, Dr. Shulkin served as VA’s Under Secretary for Health for 18 months, leading the Nation’s largest integrated health care system, with over 1,700 sites of care serving nearly nine million Veterans.

    Before he began his service with VA, Dr. Shulkin held numerous chief executive roles at Morristown Medical Center, and the Atlantic Health System Accountable Care Organization. He also served as President and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

    Dr. Shulkin has held numerous physician leadership roles including Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Temple University Hospital, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital. He has also held academic positions including Chairman of Medicine and Vice Dean at Drexel University School of Medicine. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Shulkin founded and served as Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality, one of the first consumer-oriented sources of information on quality and safety in healthcare.

    A board-certified internist, Dr. Shulkin is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and he completed his internship at Yale University School of Medicine and a residency and fellowship in General Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center. He also received advanced training in outcomes research and economics as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Shulkin has been named as one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the Country” by Modern Healthcare. He has also previously been named among the “One Hundred Most Influential People in American Healthcare.” He has been married to his wife, Dr. Merle Bari, for 29 years. They are the parents of two grown children.

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Schedule

Igniting the Spark – 7:30am – 12:00pm on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Time
Topic
7:30 – 9:00 am Registration Opens
8:00 – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 am Anthem & Color Guard
9:10 – 9:20 am Welcome Statements & Agenda
Steven A. Cohen
Point72 Asset ManagementAnthony Hassan, EdD, LCSW
Cohen Veterans Network
9:20 – 9:40 am Understanding the Tactical Dimensions of the Strategic Military Problem
Admiral Robert Harward
Lockheed Martin
9:40 – 10:00 am VA Advances in PTSD & TBI
David Shulkin, MD
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
10:00 – 11:00 am National Research Action Plan: Progress and New Initiatives
Chair: Col. Dallas Hack, MD
Cohen Veterans Bioscience
Kacie Kelly, MHS
Bush InstituteCol. Dennis McGurk, PhD
U.S. Army, USAMRMC/DODPatrick Bellgowan, PhD
NINDSLindsey Grandison, PhD
NIAAA

Shelli Avenevoli, PhD
NIMH

Alfred Emondi, PhD
DARPA

Rachel B. Ramoni, DMD, ScD
VA

11:00 – 11:20 am Cohen Veterans Network: Brief for Public
Anthony Hassan, EdD, LCSW
Cohen Veterans Network
11:20 – 11:40 am Cohen Veterans Bioscience: Brief for Public
Magali Haas, MD, PhD
Cohen Veterans Bioscience
11:40am – 12:00 pm Invisible Wounds: The Personal Crisis
Frank Larkin, MS
Sergeant at Arms at the U.S. Senate
12:00 pm Adjourn

Map & Directions

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

2-Star Hotels

Hotel Phone Number Address Website
Hotel Harrington (202) 628-8140 436 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004 hotel-harrington.com

3-Star Hotels

Hotel Phone Number Address Website
Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol (202) 479-4000 550 C St SW, Washington, DC 20024 ihg.com
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall (202) 803-6110 400 E St SW, Washington, DC 20024 dcnationalmall.place.hyatt.com

4-Star Hotels

Hotel Phone Number Address Website
Hotel Monaco DC (202) 628-7177 700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004 monaco-dc.com
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center (202) 429-1700 1400 M St NW, Washington, DC 20005 westinwashingtondccitycenter.com

5-Star Hotels

Hotel Phone Number Address Website
The Hay-Adams (202) 638-6600 800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006 hayadams.com
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