US Department of Defense
Advancing Blast Injury Research to Protect and Heal Those Who Serve

The 4th International Forum on Blast Injury Countermeasures (IFBIC 2019) Registration Information

Organized by:

This year's IFBIC is organized by:
U.S. Army, Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)
U.S. Army, Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM)
National Defense Medical College Japan (NDMC)

Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline:
Preregistration deadline:
- NOW CLOSED: no registration on site -
Hotel reservation deadline:
April 17, 2019
IFBIC 2019:
May 8-10, 2019

A closed meeting for planning committee members will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019.


MITRE Corporation Headquarters, Building 4, Robb Conference Room, 7515 Colshire Drive, McLean, VA 22102 USA


Pre-registration is required for all participants, and participation will be limited by venue capacity. The pre-registration deadline is March 29, 2019.

"On-site" registration will not be offered.

A meeting expense charge of approximately $90 USD will be collected online as part of the pre-registration process. This charge covers coffee, snacks, and lunch during meeting days.

IFBIC 2019 registration website:
IFBIC 2019 point of contact e-mail:
IFBIC 2019 point of contact FAX number: U.S. 703-983-6501, please mark ATTN: Jeff Colombe

Hotel Accommodations

For the participants who wish to stay near the Forum venue, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Residence Inn Tysons Corner Mall. Please be advised that May is a busy time in Washington, DC and we recommend reserving your room as early as possible.

Hotel Information: Contact the hotel directly (703) 917-0800 to reserve a room within the group block by mentioning that you are reserving with the 'IFBIC 2019' group or use the following Reservation Link: Residence Inn Tysons Corner IFBIC 2019

Keynote and Tutorial Speakers

Keynote Address: James Batchelor, University of Southampton, United Kingdom: "Sizing up Blast Injury Research: a Trans-Disciplinary Evidence Base to Maximise Impact and Relevance.

Tutorial 1: Dr. Namas Chandra, New Jersey Institute of Technology: "Synergistic interaction of oxidative stress, blood-brain barrier breakage and neuroinflammation in the pathogenesis of blast TBI"

Tutorial 2: Akimasa Tashiro, National Defense Medical College, Japan: "Neural basis for chronic headache and photophobia after mild traumatic brain injury"

Tutorial 3: Jennifer N. Belding, Shannon Fitzmaurice, Hannah Kwiatkowski, Robyn Englert, Journad Jackson (Leidos and Naval Health Rearch Center), and Cynthia J. Thomsen, and LT Uade Olaghere da Silva (Naval Health Reseacrh Center): "Leveraging Epidemiological Research to Identify Service Members at Risk for Deleterious Overpressure-Induced Outcomes"

Get-Together and Forum Dinner

Optional evening social events include a meet-and-greet social with hors d'oeuvres the evening of Wed May 8, and a banquet dinner the evening of Thu May 9, both with self-pay cash bar for beer and wine. All food service will provide on-site options for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan dietary restrictions. Registration for these optional social events is located on the meeting registration site.

Meeting Organization Committee

General Chair:
Mr. Michael Leggieri (USAMRMC, USA)

General Co-Chair:
Prof. Daizoh Saitoh (NDMC, Japan)

Program Chair:
Dr. Raj Gupta (USAMRMC, USA)

Program Co-Chair:
Prof. Shunichi Sato (NDMC, Japan)

Dr. Shashi Karna (US Army RDECOM, ARL, USA)
Dr. Richard Shoge (USAMRMC, USA)
Dr. Therese West (USAMRMC, USA)
Dr. Kyungho Park (US Army RDECOM, ITC-PAC, USA)
Prof. Nariyoshi Shinomiya (NDMC, Japan)
Mr. Katsuo Doki (NDMC, Japan)
Mr. Shuji Sue (NDMC, Japan)
Prof. Satoshi Tomura (NDMC, Japan)
Dr. Satoko Kawauchi (NDMC, Japan)
Dr. Masaki Takeda (ATLA, Japan)
Dr. Keisuke Fujii (ATLA, Japan)
Prof. Izumi Nishidate (TUAT, Japan)

Meeting Secretaries:
Raj Gupta (USAMRMC)
Kyungho Park (ITC-PAC)
Shunichi Sato (NDMC)
Izumi Nishidate (TUAT)

Raj K. Gupta, Ph.D., BCE
Deputy Director
DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office
US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
504 Scott Street, Fort Detrick, MD 21702
Telephone: (301) 619-9838

Event Points of Contact:
Rachel Spencer, RN, MHSA
MITRE Corporation

Jeffrey Colombe, Ph.D.
MITRE Corporation

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Last modified: 03-Apr-2023