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BIA-MA 36th Annual Brain Injury Conference (2017)

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) will host the 36th Annual Brain Injury Conference at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, in Marlborough, MA.

This one-day, statewide conference provides a place to gather and discuss the challenges faced by the brain injury community. In 2016, over 800 conference participants attend 29 workshops and networked with over 50 exhibitors.

Everyone in the brain injury community benefits from this conference! Brain injury survivors, caregivers, families and professionals learn about the latest brain injury research, therapies, support, and services. Sponsors provide financial support for key components of the conference, exhibitors enable participants to identify healthcare solutions.

Workshop Proposals

The BIA-MA is now seeking workshop proposals. Workshop presenters are asked to submit a topic and description for consideration along with goals and learning objectives. Workshop Proposal submissions are due by November 30, 2016.

BIA-MA is a non-profit organization with a limited budget. Speakers are chosen with the understanding they will volunteer their time to host an educational workshop; lodging and travel expenses are the speaker's responsibility. BIA-MA will provide complimentary conference registrations, which include the following benefits:

  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Opportunity to attend other workshops and network with professionals and exhibitors
  • Up to 6 hours of Continuing Education Credit (CEU's)

Our 36th Annual Conference Committee thanks you for contributing your time and talent to promote brain injury education programs.

Poster Presentations

The BIA-MA Annual Conference Poster Session is an excellent opportunity for brain injury professionals to share research, special projects, and ideas in a professional setting.

Posters are visual displays of projects and are intended to generate discussion among professionals as well as to foster innovative ideas and developments within the field. A poster typically includes brief descriptions of the project’s purpose and procedures, tables and graphs, discussion questions and potential future projects. Posters can be clinical, theoretical, programmatic, or business related; featured projects may be complete or “in-progress”.

Posters will be displayed from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 pm. Authors should remain at their posters during all exhibitor breaks to answer questions about the project.

Poster Guidelines:

Posters may be constructed professionally or submitted on poster board (Approximate size guideline: 27” x 34”). A display table will be provided. Presenters may bring their own easel for display; easels will not be provided by BIA-MA.


For any questions contact Laura MacFeeley at 800-242-0030 or