Event Date: Saturday, April 13th, 2024
Cocktail Reception: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Dinner & Program: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Kristen Aguirre is a journalist, speaker, and disability advocate. She’s worked across the country, previously covering news in Asheville, Denver, Kalamazoo, Flint, and Quincy, Illinois. During her time in Denver, her life completely changed. At 30 years old, she suffered an ischemic stroke that left the entire left side of her body completely paralyzed and spent months recovering. She was able to gain the majority of her mobility back and now uses her voice to empower other traumatic brain injury survivors. She is also a fierce advocate for mental health support and disability rights.
Scientific Breakthrough Award
Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, MAS, MBA, MLS, FAAN
Dr. Ovbiagele will be honored for his transformative work in health equity and inclusion. His research focuses on the development, dissemination, and translation of evidence-based behavioral interventions into clinical practice and community settings to improve stroke outcomes for underserved and vulnerable populations. He has also helped to train, mentor, and inspire individuals from underrepresented groups in medicine to conduct high-quality research. Dr. Ovbiagele’s impact on the field has been tremendous; his research and role as a mentor have made the field and the atmosphere for discovery immensely better.