August 30, 2017 – Beyond Battlefields

IMG_7813.PNGWednesday, August 30, 2017
Answer Brew Pub  6008 West Broad Street
5:45  Doors Open
7:00  20″ talk presented by David Cifu, PhD  (bio below)
7:25 to 8:00 Q&A Open Discussion

Learn about and discuss some of the recent research on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) — sources, science, treatment, and hope.

Approximately 8% of the U.S. population will experience PTSD at some point in their life. Particularly prominent in military populations, one in twenty service men and women who have experienced physical trauma will develop PTSD.  Many civilians also develop the condition in response to a variety of shocks including natural disasters, sudden death of a loved one, experiencing or witnessing violence, and even sports accidents.  Join the Community Idea Stations for an informal gathering on this complex topic. Room for 100 curious minds — Seating on a first-come basis


Is this for scientists?
Quite the opposite.  Science Pub RVA nights are created for non-scientists — no science background is needed!

What time should I arrive?
We’ll be ready for you at 5:45 pm. Seating is on a first-come basis. While Dr. Cifu’s program won’t begin until 7:00, many people will come early to grab a bite, a drink, and to converse with other curious minds.

How do I get there?
The Answer Brew’s entrance and large, well-lit parking lot are in the rear of the building. There is a chairlift for those who can not navigate the steps into the restaurant. Carpooling and public transportation are always a good idea.
Click here for a map
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How much is it?
Attend for free, or make a donation — $5 per person suggested

Will I feel comfortable if I arrive by myself?
If you’re flying solo and keen to meet other curious minds, let us know when you arrive and we’ll point you toward a community table. In the meantime, use #SciPubRVA to get social with us on Twitter and Instagram.

Is Science Pub RVA a club?  Do I need to be a member?
No, but we hope you think of us as a fun place to hang out!  Voluntary contributions fund our doings — be a backer by kicking some cash into the beaker each time you attend. Better still,
 become a sustaining member of (or increase your support to) The Community Idea Stations.

Will there be food?
Yes, you can order food anytime during the evening (click here for menu).  You’ll place your order at the bar and Answer Brew Pub’s staff will bring it to your table when it’s ready.

Do I have to be 21?
Science Pubs are designed adults 18 and over. This venue is not restricted to people of legal drinking age.

I don’t drink alcohol, do you ever have any non-pub events?
Pub is in our name, but sipping on a glass of water is completely copacetic. Our focus is more about enjoying the night’s topic and each other, and less about whatever liquids are in hand

Who’s speaking?
David Cifu, M.D, is the principal investigator of the $62.2 million federal grant to oversee a national consortium of universities, hospitals and clinics in 10 states that will study what happens to service members and veterans who suffer traumatic brain injuries.

Cifu is the chairman and the Herman J. Flax Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, chief of PM&R Services at the VCU Health System, the executive director of the VCU Center for Rehabilitation Services and Engineering (CERSE) and national director of PM&R Program Office within the Veterans Health Administration. Cifu is also a member of the senior executive staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Cifu is also a medical consultant for the National Hockey Leagues’ Florida Panthers.

In his 20 years as an academic physiatrist, he has been funded on more than 30 research grants and is the principal or co-principal investigator on eight current grants. He has delivered more than 425 regional, national and international lectures, published more than 165 articles and 65 abstracts and co-authored 20 books and book chapters. He has recently co-authored the patient and family focused self-help book, “Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome: A Six-Step Mission to Health.”

Cifu graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine combined BA/MD six-year medical program in 1986, completed his internship and residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Note: By attending this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image, and/or voice and authorize The Community Idea Stations to use photographs, video, and audio recordings containing your likeness, image, and/or voice in any medium for any purpose.