Below is a new STARS STEM extra curricular opportunity:
“The American Brain Coalition, the American Academy of Neurology,
and the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation
In cooperation with the
Invite you to a briefing on
Understanding and Minimizing Sports-Related Brain Injuries
September 14, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
2060 Rayburn House Office Building
Lunch will be provided
Repeated concussions and other sports-related brain injuries have attracted public attention recently. The Congressional Neuroscience Caucus and the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, in partnership with the American Brain Coalition, the American Academy of Neurology, and the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation, will present a briefing that explores our current understanding of sports-related injuries and research efforts aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of these injuries on the human brain.
The briefing will feature Dr. Ann McKee, a Professor of Neurology & Pathology at Boston University and Chief of Neuropathology at VA Boston Healthcare System, who is a renowned brain researcher and one of the leading authorities on TBI and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the nation. In a recent publication, Dr. McKee and others report that of the 111 donated brains of former National Football League players, all but one had evidence of CTE.
The briefing will also feature Noel Heiks, CEO of MVTRAK a company that designs wearable sports monitoring technologies that provide athletes who play contact sports with feedback on concussion risk. The company was founded by Cindy Parlow Cone, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup Champion who retired at 24 due to post-concussion syndrome. Ms. Cone will share her story and her advocacy efforts related to reducing head injury in youth soccer via video presentation.
This is one in a series of Congressional Neuroscience Caucus Briefings that seek to promote a better understanding of how the brain develops, functions, and ages. The Caucus also seeks to raise awareness about the millions of Americans afflicted with neurological disorders or mental illnesses.