July 20-22 | indianapolis

2018 Sports Concussion Conference

Registration for the 2018 Sports Concussion Conference is now open. 

Hotel Deadline: June 14, 2018
Early Registration Deadline: June 14, 2018

BROWSE THE PROGRAM

View the program schedule and details. The 2018 Sports Concussion Conference is happening July 20-22, in Indianapolis, IN.

 

Friday, July 20
Time Program
8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Concussion Boot Camp (additional registration fee required)
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Keynote Address
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Working Lunch with Experts
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Concussion Overview
3:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m. The NCAA-DoD CARE Consortium
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Poster Session I and Exhibit Hall Opening Reception
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Networking Reception at the NCAA Hall of Champions
Saturday, July 21
Time Program
8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. What Do I Do Now? Concussion Subtypes Part I
9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.  Poster Session II
9:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m. What Do I Do Now? Concussion Subtypes Part II
11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.  Medical-legal Considerations
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Poster Session II and Lunch
1:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.  Other Evolving Research
3:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m.-4:10 p.m. Cutting-edge Science: Speech Recognition as a Diagnostic
Marker of Concussion
4:10 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The Vulnerable Brain: Does Age of Head Contact Exposure Matter?
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. The American Development Model and Contact Sports:
Panel Discussion
Sunday, July 22
Time Program
8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Chronic Sequelae of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impact
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. A Year in Review—Understanding the Rapid Evolution of the Clinical
and Research Landscape

 

 

Networking Reception at the NCAA Hall of Champions

Special NCAA Reception 
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Join your colleagues at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Hall of Champions, located across the street from the JW Marriott, for a special networking reception from 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.. on Friday, July 20, immediately following the Sports Concussion Conference. 

The event, co-sponsored by the AAN and NCAA Sports Science Institute, will feature a welcome address by NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian W. Hainline, MD, FAAN, and offer a unique opportunity for attendees to network and share knowledge and experiences.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Friday, July 20

Concussion Boot Camp
8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 

  • Preparticipation and Baseline Evaluations
    Vernon Williams, MD, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sideline/Acute Evaluation
    David Kaufman, DO, East Lansing, MI
  • Vestibular and Balance Examination
    Jamie Bogle, PhD, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Assessment
    Ruben Echemendia, PhD, State College, PA
  • Office Follow-up and Management
    Amaal Starling, MD, Scottsdale, AZ
    Erin Stewart, MD, Indianapolis, IN

Keynote 
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Concussion Research - Then and Now
Michael McCrea, PhD, Milwaukee, WI

  • Description: Faculty will provide an overview of how the relevancy and sense of urgency of concussion research has shifted dramatically over the past several decades. What used to be a topic that concerned a few lone scientists and clinicians has now become front and center in science, sport, and society.
  • Keynote Speaker Bio: McCrea is Tenured Professor, Eminent Scholar, and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is also the Director of Brain Injury Research, as well as a research neuropsychologist at the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is ABCN board-certified in clinical neuropsychology and is past President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). McCrea has been an active researcher in the neurosciences, with numerous scientific publications, book chapters, and national and international lectures on the topic of traumatic brain injury. He authored the text Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Postconcussion Syndrome: The New Evidence Base for Diagnosis and Treatment published by Oxford University Press. McCrea has led several large, multi-center studies on the effects of traumatic brain injury and sport-related concussion. He currently is co-PI on the NCAA-DoD CARE Consortium and several other large-scale studies investigating the acute and chronic effects of TBI in various populations at risk. McCrea serves as a neuropsychology consultant for the Green Bay Packers. He served as a panelist on the 2008 and 2012 Zurich International Consensus Conference on Sports Concussion and currently serves on the scientific committee for the 2016 International Consensus Conference.

Working Lunch with the Experts
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. 

  • When Is It Time to Recommend an Athlete Retire from Contact Sport?
    Thomas W. McAllister, MD, Indianapolis, IN
    Jeffrey S. Kutcher, MD, FAAN, Brighton, MI
  • What Do We Really Know About CTE?
    Robert Stern, PhD, Boston, MA
    Ruben Echemendia, PhD, State College, PA
  • Brain Imaging: When and What to Order and What to Do With Results?
    Michael McCrea, PhD, Milwaukee, WI
    David W. Dodick, MD, FAAN, Phoenix, AZ

Concussion Overview
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 

  • Concussion Pathophysiology
    Christopher Giza, MD, Los Angeles, CA
  • Concussion Biometrics
    Blaine Hoshizaki, PhD, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Sex and Gender
    Tracey Covassin, PhD, East Lansing, MI
  • Return to Activity
    Amaal Starling, MD, Scottsdale, AZ

Break 
3:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

The NCAA-DOD Care Consortium 
3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 

  • Historic Rationale
    Brian W. Hainline, MD, FAAN, Indianapolis, IN
  • Clinical Research Core
    Thomas W. McAllister, MD, Indianapolis, IN
  • Advanced Research Core
    Michael McCrea, PhD, Milwaukee, WI
  • Panel Discussion
    Faculty

Poster Session I and Exhibit Hall Opening Reception
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Seeking Abstracts

The Sports Concussion Conference will once again be accepting scientific abstract submissions on topics related to sports concussion. Accepted abstracts will be presented in the general poster sessions. Submission of previously presented work is encouraged if it is of interest to the field.

The submission deadline is May 7. 

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Saturday, July 21

What Do I Do Now? Concussion Subtypes Part I
8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. 

  • Sleep Disturbances
    Faculty
  • Behavioral Disturbances
    Thomas W. McAllister, MD, Indianapolis, IN
  • Neuro-ophthalmologic Disturbances
    Steven Galetta, MD, FAAN, New York, NY

Poster Session II 
9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m. 

What Do I Do Now? Concussion Subtypes Part II
9:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

  • Balance Disturbances and Vertigo
    Jamie Bogle, PhD, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Headache and Migraine
    Tad Seifert, MD, Louisville, KY
  • Cervicogenic Disturbances
    Faculty

Medical-legal Considerations
11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Steven Pachman, JD, Philadelphia, PA
Arianna Goodman, JD, Philadelphia, PA

This session will focus on the personal and institutional liability considerations health care providers face and must balance when making decisions regarding concussion care, both on the sideline and in the office.

Lunch and Poster Session II and Lunch
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. 

Other Evolving Research
1:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

  • Helmet Design
    Thomas Blaine Hoshizaki, MD, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Concussion and Repetitive Head Impact Exposure
    Michael McCrea, PhD, Milwaukee, WI
  • MRI Imaging
    Geoffrey Manley, MD, PhD, San Francisco, CA
  • Fluid Biomarkers
    Douglas H. Smith, MD, Philadelphia, PA

Break
3:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Cutting-edge Science: Speech Recognition as a Diagnostic Marker of Concussion
3:30 p.m.-4:10 p.m. 

Visar Barisha, PhD, Phoenix, AZ
Faculty

The science of speech recognition has evolved considerably, and now has diagnostic value for various neurodegenerative diseases. This session will provide an overview of the cutting-edge science of speech recognition and its potential role in the diagnosis and prognosis of concussion.

The Vulnerable Brain: Does Age of Head Contact Exposure Matter? 
4:10 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Robert Cantu, MD, Concord, MA

Contact/collision sports such as football, ice hockey, soccer, and lacrosse may be associated with repetitive head impact exposure. This session will discuss emerging concepts about the developing brain and possible vulnerability and potential long-term consequences of such exposure at a young age.

The American Development Model and Contact Sports Discussion
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Robert Cantu, MD, Concord, MA
John Parsons, PhD, Indianapolis, IN
Faculty

The American Development Model is a concerted effort between the United States Olympic Committee and its National Governing Bodies of sport to apply long-term athlete development principles in a way that resonates with the culture of sport in the United States. This panel discussion will explore how contact sports can be incorporated into this model of excellence.

 

Sunday, July 22

Chronic Sequelae of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impact
8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

  • Neurocognitive and Neurobehavioral
    Robert Stern, PhD, Boston, MA
  • CTE: A Post-traumatic Tauopathy
    Ann C. McKee, MD, Boston, MA
  • The Black Hole of Post-concussion Syndrome
    Vernon Williams, MD, Los Angeles, CA

A Year in Review: Understanding the Rapid Evolution of the Clinical and Research Landscape
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 

  • The Evolving Role of the Athletic Trainer in College and Youth Sport
    John Parsons, PhD–Indianapolis, IN
  • Concussion and Repetitive Head Impact Research: Latest Advances
    Christopher Giza, MD–Los Angeles, CA
  • Concussion and Repetitive Head Impact Clinical Pearls: A Rapidly Evolving Landscape
    Christina Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM–Philadelphia, PA

The American Academy of Neurology Institute (AANI) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The AAN holds Accreditation with Commendation, the ACCME highest level of recognition for a CME provider.

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