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Committee Announces Distinguished Lineup of Experts for Concussion Roundtable


03.09.16

Participants Include Representatives of Medical, Military, Athletic, and Research Communities for Discussion @ 2PM on Monday, March 14


WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s broad review of concussions will commence next week with a roundtable discussion about the state of our knowledge concerning the causes, effects, and treatments of concussions and head trauma. The discussion, which will feature input from experts representing the medical, military, athletic, and research communities, is focused on building a collaborative body of knowledge to help improve the diagnosis and treatments of concussions. The roundtable, entitled, “Broad Review on Concussions: Initial Roundtable,” will take place at 2 PM on Monday, March 14. A webcast and additional information will be available HERE.

“There are no easy answers or simple solutions when it comes to head injuries. 

The goal of our roundtable is to advance the conversation beyond the attention-grabbing headlines to make a real difference for individuals across the country by bringing together experts on head trauma including the public health, military, athletic, and research communities. We’ll explore what we know and don’t know about concussions, and how the research community is working to meet these challenges. At the end of the day, we want to identify opportunities to achieve meaningful progress in our ability to diagnose and treat concussions,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA). Murphy will be leading Monday’s discussion.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
The committee has posed the following questions to help guide Monday’s roundtable discussion:

  • What are the most prominent misconceptions or underappreciated facts about concussions?
  • What are the critical gaps in our understanding of concussions?
    • Why do these gaps exist?
    • How do these knowledge gaps hinder progress in minimizing the risks of concussions?
  • What are the most critical short and long-term objectives if we hope to achieve meaningful progress minimizing the risks of concussions?
  • What, if any, coordination exists or is needed to ensure that independent research efforts contribute to short and long term objectives?

PARTICIPANTS

Dr. Grant Baldwin – Director of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the National Center for Injury Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. David Cifu – Herman J. Flax, M.D. Professor and Chairman, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University. Principal Investigator for the VA/DoD Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC)

Dr. Michael (Micky) Collins – Director of Sports Medicine Concussion Program, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Gerald GioiaDivision Chief of Neuropsychology and Director of the Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program, Children’s National Health System; and Professor at George Washington University School of Medicine

Col. Dallas Hack (ret.) – Consultant – Directed the DoD Combat Casualty Care Research Program from 2008-2014 (currently consulting a number of organizations, including the NCAA and OneMind, to advance research in Brain Health and transition the progress to improved clinical practice)

Dr. Brian Hainline – Chief Medical Officer, National Collegiate Athletic Association

Capt. (Dr.) Michael Colston – Director, Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, Department of Defense

Dr. Walter Koroshetz – Director of National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health

Dr. Geoff Manley – Chief of Neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery at University of California San Francisco (Contact Principal Investigator for large international TBI research initiative, Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI))

Dr. Michael McCreaProfessor of Neurosurgery and Neurology, and Director of Brain Injury Research, Medical College of Wisconsin

Ms. Lisa McHale – Director of Family Relations, Concussion Legacy Foundation

Dr. Ann McKeeProfessor of Neurology & Pathology, Director, Neuropathology Core, Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Boston University

Mr. Jeff Miller – Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy, National Football League

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