The ABA advocates for research funding, policies and regulations that prevent burn injuries and positively impact patients and survivors.

National Leadership Conference

The NLC is the primary forum to advance the Association’s advocacy agenda, on behalf of burn centers, the burn team and the patients they serve, to the nation’s key elected and appointed officials. The primary objective of the NLC is for burn center leaders, surgeons, nurses, hospital administrators and other burn care professionals to address challenges in a collaborative and unified fashion, while in the policy legislative and regulatory arena.


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Highlights include:

  • NLC will be during National Burn Awareness Week to highlight not only advocacy issues but the ABA and its overall role in care, research, and prevention
  • Special guest speakers at the Issues Briefing on Tuesday, February 6
  • Continued support for H.R. 919—Portable Fuel Container Safety Act of 2017, legislation that provides a simple solution to this dangerous situation by requiring manufacturers to install simple flame mitigation devices or flame arrestors in these containers
  • Continued advocacy to demonstrate the need to support Department of Defense funding for research to advance the care of wounded warriors; to date $67 million has been appropriated, including  $21.8 million through the ABA to support 11 research studies at 42 burn centers
  • Training and networking
Tuesday, February 6
11:00 am – 2:30 pm BSAP Meeting (invite only)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Issues briefing & training
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Networking Reception
Wednesday, February 7
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Hill Visits
Thursday, February 8
8:00 am – 2:00 pm Board Meeting (invite only)


You can register for the 2018 NLC here.  The registration fee is $99 for all attendees.  Institutional Advisory Council (IAC) 2018 members, receive two complimentary registrations.  The promo code was provided when the IAC dues were received, but if you do not have that, please contact Carl Siska


Based on attendees feedback from last year, the ABA has secured a small block of rooms at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel.  You are invited to book a room for your stay by visiting and using the code ABA218 to get the special rate of $269 per night, the ABA has negotiated a waiver of the facility/resort fee. You may also book by calling 888-513-7445 and letting them know you are with the ABA.  Rooms are on a first come, first serve basis.  The deadline is Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

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