Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Center for Brain Injury and Repair

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Mind Your Brain @ Penn Medicine

Join us March 28, 2020 for our annual Mind Your Brain Conference. This is for survivors as well as their care-takers, family and friends.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Mind your Brain @ Penn Medicine conference is to enhance, through education, advocacy, support, and research, the quality of life for those affected by brain injury, including patients, survivors, families and caregivers.  All affected by brain injury should, and can, have immediate and equal access to services and support to help lead full and meaningful lives.

Conference Description:

In March, 2020, during Brain Injury Awareness Month, Penn Medicine will be hosting Mind Your Brain @ Penn Medicine, a conference for brain injury survivors, families, caregivers, and interested parties to connect to resources and information that can help on the journey to recovery.  This dynamic program will include presentations, interactive discussions and resource sharing by a variety of authorities.  This includes Penn Medicine’s experts on neuroscience and brain injury, former professional athletes, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, and brain injury survivors.  This program will focus on sharing research, insights, and therapies designed to address the personal and medical issues of those impacted by brain injury.

We are proud to offer this program, free of cost, to brain injury survivors, families, and caregivers. If you are interested in making a donation to support this event, please visit

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2018 Conference Catalog



     Mind Your Brain @ Penn Medicine

           was held on Friday, March 23, 2018   

                                                                 View the Conference schedule here.


2018 Keynote Speaker: Kevin Pearce, Snowboarder, TBI Survivor


The LoveYourBrain Foundation participated in the 2018

Mind Your Brain Conference.

LoveYourBrain offers a range of free meditations designed exclusively for the TBI community. 

Check them out here!

Mind Your Brain Heroes — 2018

Barbie Augustine, a small business owner, was rollerblading when she was hit by a car. Barbie sustained life threatening injuries to her head, hips and legs.  Her recovery has been a long and hard road but she has made remarkable progress in her journey from coma to community. Since being discharged from  Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation two months ago Barbie's family of seven brothers and sisters and her loving Mother, have tirelessly been caregivers in a round the clock rotation of love.  This is one fantastic built in support group. — Candace Gantt, Founder of Mind Your Brain @ Penn Medicine

Amy Kraft — Over the past year I've learned that TBI is an invisible disease and research into the condition and its treatment is lagging for women like myself. I'm currently working on a book about the science of traumatic brain injury in women to help raise awareness of this growing problem. I look forward to the Mind Your Brain conference to get to know fellow patients of brain injury and meet with experts in the field. Thank you for letting me participate in such an important event and please let me know if there is any way I can help out. 

Mary Beth Morgan — At the age of 12, I was hit by a drunk driver. So much work went into my recovery and I had to learn everything again (walk/talk/breath/write/every day functions). With the help of my doctors, nurse, therapist, and social worker at CHOP, I have come a long way. I use the resources that I was taught to use continuously, and I share the transition skills with youth and young adults with all types of disabilities. I honor everyone because we are unique in the way that brain injury affects us and we are all champions of the mind! 

Norman Salvat — I am a TBI survivor who suffered a subdural hematoma as a result of a football injury in 1945, when I played on the Central High School varsity football team. I will be 90 years old this October and have lived a very active, I think productive life. I still drive, play 18 houles of golf several times a week and sometimes I play tennis. I hope to be able to attend MYB 2019!



On July 19, 2005, Candace Gantt suffered a serious brain injury after being struck by a car while riding her bicycle. Following an extensive hospitalization and surgeries at Penn Medicine, she was back on her bike just six months after the accident.





2017 Conference  Catalog


Click Here to View Keynote Presentation: Trisha Meili Central Park Jogger

For years Trisha Meili was known to the world as The Central Park Jogger. Her amazing story of survival and recovery was detailed in her best-selling memoir I Am The Central Park Jogger:A Story of Hope and Possibility. Trisha’s story is not of an attack, but rather, one of healing. The horror of her attack brought an outpouring of support and love from her family, friends, healthcare workers, co-workers, and strangers. Today Trisha is one of the most sought out inspirational speakers on the lecture circuit. Audiences enjoy Trisha’s energy, wit, and poignant stories about the power of the human spirit. Through her work, book, and lectures, she reaches out to people struggling through recovery from any number of problems, offering Hope and Possibility®.  


Click Here to View Beakout Session: Cognitive Training, Current Trends in Rehabilitation, Remediation, and Enhancement 

This talk identified different approaches to cognitive training, clarifying similarities and differences, while exploring when various approaches are appropriate.  Presented by Molly Brightbill, MS CCC-SLP, CBIS, Good Shepherd Penn Partners and Michael Keesler, JD, PhD, Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine




Mind Your Brain Heroes – 2017


Antoinette Radcliffe was an exceptional student, passionate leader, and compassionate high school student. While on a Global Leadership Institute trip to Costa Rica in July, she suffered a TBI while playing soccer. A severe concussion led to seizures and she missed most of her senior year, deeply suffering with the agonizing symptoms of TBI.  She managed to graduate and matriculate, but not with the joy that she, or we, had expected. It's been a long hard road of recovery, advocacy, and determination. Our daughter has worked tirelessly, overcome so many obstacles, and is now a junior at Penn, with a unique and remarkable empathy and compassion for her pursuit of a career in pediatric neurology. In addition to her studies, she makes time to be a campus EMT, leads Penn Speaks for Autism, and volunteers at CHOP. Her calling to this area of medicine was born of her deep love for her special needs brother, but her own experience, and her long and very brave recovery, will inspire her to be all the more a truly wonderful, compassionate and empathetic physician. We’re so crazy proud of her.

“From life's great challenges come its greatest gifts to be called to help others. Her long and very brave recovery, will inspire her to be all the more a truly wonderful, compassionate and empathetic physician” - Amanda & Conrad Radcliffe, Parents of a TBI Survivor



Jackie Lithgow suffered major head injuries when he was severely beaten while trying to break up a fight at an off-campus frat party in February, 2014. Due to the severity of his injuries, he was hospitalized for nine months. But after a tumultuous recovery, Jackie began taking college courses again January, 2016. “Jackie is a miracle and an inspiration to our family and friends. His fortitude, his ‘never say never’ attitude, and his ability to make those around him better people, truly personifies his marathon to recovery." – Jim Lithgow, Parent of a Brain Injury Survivor



In a near fatal car accident in 2006, Mary J. Muse-Corbin incurred a traumatic brain injury. She has since immersed herself in culinary arts to assist her recovery.

“What could be perceived as a disability has enabled me to appreciate life on another level. Although I've experienced great difficulty, I have learned to embrace the "new me" and accept life's unexpected changes. Every day that I awake: I pray, smile, place my feet on the floor and gather the strength to encourage myself and, hopefully others, by acknowledging life's limitless possibilities. The more readily I realize today's truths and challenges, the more forgiveness yesterday offers; affording me the gratefulness of the simpler, yet most valuable things in life, such as breathing deeply and exhaling. All of my senses, that I no longer take for granted, have proven that my mind, my thoughts and my dreams are my own. One thought at a time, I can begin new journeys and take pathways that I never imagined before.” – Mary J. Muse-Corbin, Brain Injury Survivor




2016 Conference Catalog

View some of the exciting 2016 MYB conference sessions here.