See the Line 2017

See the Line is a collaborative, 10-year initiative that seeks to educate athletes, coaches, parents and the broader community about the serious impact of concussions. In doing so it aims to shift the culture around concussion in sport, reduce the incidence of concussion and improve care through research.

Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry proudly hosts See the Line’s core events on campus annually in August in partnership with faculties at Western including the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering, and with the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic and the Concussion Legacy Foundation.

See the Line 2019

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019
Location: Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building, Western University
Parking: Complimentary parking is available in the South Valley parking lot MAP

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Session

Learn the latest in sport related brain injury and clinical care. This year's CME explores new technology in sports protective equipment, managing expectations of the patient and the invested parties, and approaches to the treatment of persistent and systematic concussions.

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (morning only)
           8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (full day inclusive of the Community Symposium)

Who Attends? Physicians, health care professionals, residents, medical, nursing and health sciences students


8:00 a.m.

Registration opens

8:30 a.m.

Opening remarks
Session I | Chair: Jayne Garland, PhD

8:35 a.m.

Why Athletes Hide Their Concussions – J. Scott Delaney, MD

9:00 a.m.

Engineering the Next Generation of Helmets: The Role of Personal Equipment in Preventing Sport-Related Concussions – Tom Jenkyn, PhD, PEng

9:25 a.m.

Managing Expectations: what do we tell patients, coaches and family members? – Lisa Fischer, MD

9:45 a.m.

Question and answer session

10:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:20 a.m.

Session II | Chair: Lisa Fischer, MD
On field management – Dave Humphreys, MSc, PT, Dip OHS, Dip Sport Physio.

10:45 a.m.

Persistent Post-Concussion Symptoms: The role of Neuropsychology – Michael Harnadek, PhD, CPsych

11:10 a.m.

Medical management of persistent concussive symptoms: post-traumatic headache – Heather MacKenzie, MSc, MD, FRCP(C)

11:35 a.m.

Question and answer session

11:50 a.m.

Closing remarks

11:55 p.m.

CME morning concludes (lunch for full day participants)

For the afternoon agenda, please see below.


Community Symposium

Get the latest insight on sport concussion research from world-class medical experts. This year's Community Symposium centres around policy change, concussions in the female brain and the role media plays in telling stories of concussion. The afternoon also features an engaging panel discussion with medical experts, professional and amateur athletes.

Time: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Who Attends? Coaches, athletes, teams, parents, educators, students, health care professionals, community members and media


12:00 p.m.

Registration opens

1:00 p.m.

Welcoming remarks: Jayne Garland, PhD; and Eric Lindros, Honorary Chair

1:15 p.m.

Session III | Chair: Jayne Garland, PhD
Concussions in the female brain – Katherine Price Snedaker, LCSW

1:35 p.m.

Influencing Policy Change: the Rowan’s Law Story – Dan Cass, BSc, MD, FRCPC

1:55 p.m.

The role media plays in telling stories of concussion – Rick Westhead

2:15 p.m.

Question and answer session

2:30 p.m.

Nutrition break

3:05 p.m.

Session IV | Chair: Davy Cheng, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FCAHS, CCPE

Welcome Remarks: President Alan Shepard

3:10 p.m.

Moving Upstream Towards Concussion Prevention in Youth Sport: SHRed Concussions – Carolyn Emery, PhD

3:35 p.m.

Panel Discussion | Moderator: Rick Westhead
Participants: Carolyn Emery, Esther Lovett, Tyrre Burks and Eric Lindros

4:25 p.m.

Closing remarks

4:30 p.m.

Symposium concludes


For more information on See the Line, please contact Natalie Wakabayashi or call 519.661.2111 ext. 89201.

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