PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brown University, a leader in sports concussion research, will host a colloquium to educate and provide information to coaches, athletes and parents on brain injuries, titled "The Impact of Concussions: Protecting Athletes at All Levels," on Monday evening, April 26 at the Salomon Lecture Center on the Brown campus.
Among the topics to be discussed are: Early detection and treatment of concussion; post-concussion effects; the science of impact and concussion and what it tells us about prevention in sports; policy and response by athletic organizations.
The colloquium assembles a panel of medical experts in the field of concussion study, as well as professional and collegiate athletes at the pinnacle of their sports:
Dr. Robert Cantu - One of the nation's top sports concussion specialists, and clinical professor of Neurosurgery and co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine; Co-director of the Neurological Sports Injury Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital; Chairman, Department of Surgery, and Director of Sports Medicine, Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA.
Prof. J.J. Trey Crisco, Ph.D. - Professor of Orthopedic Research and Director Bioengineering Laboratory, Department of Orthopedics, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Crisco's work in the biomechanics of injuries led to the development of a telemetry system for measuring head acceleration in athletes. Dr. Crisco is currently using that system, Head Impact Telemetry (HIT), to study impact and concussions in football and men's and women's ice hockey.