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Concussion research takes centre stage at Symposium

The See the Line Symposium returns with an outstanding line-up of speakers.

Dr. Robert Cantu will be the featured keynote speaker. A clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston University, Dr. Cantu also serves as a senior advisor to the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee; and is the founding member, co-founder, medical director, and chairman Medical Advisory Board of the Sports Legacy Institute.

He will be joined by Ravi Menon, PhD, Robarts scientist and professor, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, and Kevin Shoemaker, PhD, professor, Faculty of Health Sciences who will highlight their latest work and research. Watch for news in the coming weeks about additional speakers.

The Symposium will include an afternoon of presentations on the latest concussion research, therapy and clinical care. This year, the event will also include a short panel discussion with professional athletes who will speak to their experiences and recovery from concussion.

Hockey great Eric Lindros will once again serve as the See the Line honorary chair as he continues his advocacy of concussion research. Lindros is grateful to the tremendous efforts of individuals such as Dr. Peter Fowler and Robarts Scientist Arthur Brown, PhD for their care and research but believes there is still more that can be done. “Over the past twenty years, there have been great advances in the field of concussion research; however, we have much further distances to travel,” said Lindros.

The 2013 event sold-out early, so register today to avoid disappointment.

Later in the day, a special gala celebrating the 40th anniversary of Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic will take place. The evening will be hosted by Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada, and feature first-hand accounts from sport celebrities as they share their experiences with scientists in a conversation about the prevalence and consequences of concussion injuries during a moderated armchair discussion.

All proceeds from the Gala will support See the Line, and this year’s program recipient, the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic. You can purchase your tickets to the Gala by visiting seetheline.ca