Programme & Sessions 2021


The sessions at the Blast Injury Conference will be covering the following topics within blast injury research:

Ageing and Living with Amputation

Session chairs

Professor Alison McGregor, Centre for Blast Injury Studies, Imperial College London
Dr Brad Hendershot, DoD-VA Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Session themes
  • Prosthetic requirement and socket fit
  • Rehab needs
  • Functional changes
  • Social integration
  • Musculoskeletal associated conditions – osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, back pain, upper limb problems
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • QoL issues
  • Ageing with amputation

Blast Force Protection (PPE, vehicle, environment)

Session chairs

Dr Spyros Masouros, Centre for Blast Injury Studies, Imperial College London
Professor Genevieve Langdon, The University of Sheffield

Session themes
  • PPE design / evaluation / qualification
  • Vehicle design / evaluation / qualification
  • Blast resistant infrastructure
  • Blast injury mitigation

Blast Neurotrauma

Session chairs

Dr Walter Carr, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Dr Xiancheng Yu, Centre for Blast Injury Studies, Imperial College London

Session themes
  • Head & brain blast injury
  • Blast brain injury mechanisms
  • Blast neurotrauma, behavioural presentation & biological correlates
  • Mitigation and prevention

Civilian Blast and the 2020 Beirut Explosion

Session chairs

Dr Ghassan Abu-Sittah, American University of Beirut Medical Center
Dr Samuel Rigby, The University of Sheffield

Session themes
  • Beyond mass casualty: When 6000 are injured by a single event and the injured include many health professionals
  • Clinical consequences of the injuries from the Beirut explosion
  • Mental health consequences of the Beirut explosion, particularly on children who were mainly injured in their homes
  • Prediction of blast loading and human injury in urban explosions

Musculoskeletal Injury

Session chairs

Dr Spyros Masouros, Centre for Blast Injury Studies, Imperial College London
Dr Scott Gayzik, Wake Forest University, United States

Session themes
  • Musculoskeletal blast injury epidemiology
  • Musculoskeletal blast injury assessment
  • Musculoskeletal blast injury prediction
  • Musculoskeletal blast injury treatment
  • Anthropomorphic Test Devices

Osseointegration Research

Session chairs

Group Captain Jon Kendrew, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Commander Jason Souza, Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre

Session themes
  • Biomechanical Engineering advances in Osseointegration – Novel stem designs, stress shielding design issues, stem and dual cone fracture, design and function of the failsafe devices, universal connector to fit all devices.
  • Orthopaedic sequelae of Osseointegration – Incidence and management of deep bone infection, peri prosthetic fracture and management of concurrent degenerative proximal joint disease.
  • Plastic surgical sequelae of Osseointegration – Incidence and management of soft tissue infection, Thighplasty, optimal coverage (integra and STSG versus skin flap), stoma creation and secondary management of soft tissue issues.
  • The Future – Future prosthetic design including neural control devices such as eOPRA. Concurrent TMR, RPNI. Economic argument for mainstream use. Forsberg International database results. Osseointegration in the less developed world.

Paediatric Blast

Session chairs

Dr Emily Mayhew, Centre for Blast Injury Studies, Imperial College London
Dr Hannah Wild, University of Washington

Session themes
  • Paediatric blast trauma in 2021, international perspectives in reconstruction and treatment
  • What CT scan data tells us about paediatric blast and its biomechanical aftermath
  • Ensuring the voice of the patient is heard during the long casualty continuum of paediatric blast injury
  • The need for a new paediatric severity score.
  • Young adult psychological outcomes in post-traumatic injury: mixed methods data gathering.

Rehabilitation Technology and User Experience

Session chairs

Dr Anne Silverman, Colorado School of Mines
Professor Natalie Vanicek, University of Hull

Session themes
  • Assistive technology development and testing
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy approaches
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy outcomes
  • Device and muscular function during movement
  • Sensing and assessment of activities of daily living