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Krost Symposium 2015

December 11, 2014 9:49 AM - 9:49 AM

Grey Matters: Discerning the Impacts of Head Injury

2015 Krost Symposium "Grey Matters: Discerning the Impacts of Head Injury," focuses on raising awareness and understanding of brain injury as guest speakers discuss prevention and education regarding sports-related head trauma, cognitive rehabilitation, and the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition to awareness, the symposium will review strategies in preventing, treating, and rehabilitating brain injury, and critically examine the effects that brain injury and these interventions have specifically in the athletics and armed forces communities both now and as society moves into the future.

The Krost Symposium is an annual academic event that is free and open to the public.

Some form of brain injury currently affects millions of Americans annually. Recently, many advancements have been made both in the ways that the medical community thinks about the effects that subconcussive and concussive forces to the head have on short term and long term health, as well as in the different approaches that can be used to prevent, treat, and rehabilitate these injuries both acutely and over the life span. Two specific populations where brain injury and recovery is currently of both critical importance and interest are athletics (specifically football) and our U.S. armed forces. Given the importance of football and the military to the social climate in central Texas and TLU, a further discussion of these advancements and their impacts is warranted.

Schedule of Events

Schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Giesber Keynote Address

Robert Cantu, M.D. and Chris Nowinski – Co-Founders of the Sports Legacy Institute in Boston

Thursday, October 8, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

TBI and PTSD in the Armed Forces

Drew Helmer, M.D. – Director of the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Thursday, October 8, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 

Cognitive Rehabilitation

Kim Gorgens, Ph.D. – Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development, University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Thursday, October 8, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Panel session discussing personal and clinical experience with head injury from the military, athletics and neurological perspectives

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