Field-based meeting: Service-related auditory and vestibular injuries in U.S. Veterans, Sept. 5-6

Portland Health Care System

The VA Portland Health Care System will host “Service-related auditory and vestibular injuries in U.S. Veterans,” a field-based meeting.

“Service-related auditory and vestibular injuries in U.S. Veterans”
September 5 and 6, 2019
VA Portland Health Care System
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd.
Portland, OR 97239

The goals of this meeting are to share the latest science regarding:

  • Current state of knowledge and knowledge gaps regarding effects of blast and brain injury on the auditory and vestibular systems.
  • Mechanisms of service-related injury to the auditory and vestibular systems.
  • Challenges for current treatment for service-related injury.

Following a series of high-level presentations focusing on the key issues for future research, breakout sessions including all attendees will focus on developing research roadmaps for each of these areas. The results of these conversations will then be presented.

A focus on actionable recommendations.

Following the meeting, a report will be drafted which will focus on actionable recommendations for use in the development of new funding opportunities from various agencies, including VA, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, National Science Foundation, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Hearing Health Foundation, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and American Academy of Audiology.


To register please email Frederick.Gallun@va.gov. Include as many details as possible, including whether you will attend in person or remotely — Weblink service will be provided. If you are traveling to Portland, note any assistance you need.


Registration is free but required for attendance estimation and to allow details and updates to be shared.

Please see the attached flyer and preliminary agenda for more details.

This meeting was supported with a grant from the VA Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development.

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