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Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre

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Concussion affects millions of athletes every year. Get the heads up on some of the latest research from Durham University collaborators.

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Concussion or 'mild traumatic brain injury' (mTBI) affects millions of athletes each year, with debilitating symptoms requiring time away from sport and school/university or work. In some, symptoms can be long-lasting with devastating implications for sport careers and quality of life. In severe cases, the effects can be fatal. It is vitally important to recognise and remove an athlete with suspected concussion from play.

In science and practice, challenges exist in the assessment of concussion and understanding the underlying mechanisms, identifying appropriate treatment and long term implications.

In this special open lecture event, leading researchers in the field will share the latest findings.

13:00 - 13:40: Welcome (Karen Hind) and opening talk:

Do you have a woodpecker brain? The perils of sport-related concussion

Patrick Neary, Professor of Kinesiology, University of Regina, Canada

Professor Neary's will provide evidence for the brain-heart link in the pathophysiology of concussion, and indications for appropriate and effective recovery programmes for athletes affected by concussion.

13:40-14:00: On the head: the true impact of routine head strikes in sport

Thomas Di Virgilio, Lecturer and ESPEN Fellow, University of Stirling, Scotland

Dr Di Virgilio will present findings from his research which was the first to demonstrate direct changes to the brain after exposure to minor head impacts from soccer heading. His research featured on the BBC documentary, Alan Shearer: Dementia, Football and Me.

14:00 - 14:10: Break

14:10 - 14:50: Predicting persisting symptoms following mild traumatic brain injury

Melinda Fitzgerald, Professor of Neurotrauma, Fitzgerald Laboratory, Curtin University, Australia

Professor Fitzgerald leads the Australian Mission for Traumatic Brain Injury and her research aims to improve outcomes following mild traumatic brain injury. She will present on how damage spreads following induced neurotrauma, and how the latest research findings can be used to design and test treatment strategies.

14:50 - 15:30: You know nothing Jon Snow: Nutrition for prevention and treatment of sport-related brain injuries

Kevin Tipton, Professor of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Durham University

Nutritional interventions have been suggested to help prevent and treat mTBI, however appropriately designed studies in humans remain limited. Preclinical evidence suggests that nutritional components with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may have both neuroprotective and therapeutic roles against acute TBIs. Professor Tipton, who has been newly appointed to the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham, will discuss the available evidence for use of various nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, creatine, curcumin and other compounds, for athletes with head injuries

15:30 - 15:45: Panel questions and closing remarks

Enquiries:

Dr Karen Hind, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Durham University.

Email: karen.hind@durham.ac.uk

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