Azusa Pacific University hosts two lectures on the dangers, treatment, and prevention of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Both lectures are free and open to the public.

“Solving the Concussion Crisis”

Tues., April 8, at 6 p.m., in Upper Turner Campus Center, located at 901 E. Alosta Ave., in Azusa

This year’s keynote speaker Christopher Nowinski delivers his address, “Solving the Concussion Crisis,” drawing from his firsthand experience and research in TBI. Nowinski, a Harvard University graduate, collegiate football athlete, and former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler is the founder of the Sports Legacy Institute, an organization that advances the treatment and prevention of brain trauma in athletes.

“Traumatic Brain Injury: Understanding the Symptoms, Causes, Controversies, and Treatment”

Thurs., April 10, at 6 p.m., in the Felix Event Center’s Hall of Champions, located at 701 E. Foothill Blvd., in Azusa

This event begins with a short presentation on the history, epidemiology, diagnosis, and neurocritical care for TBI from faculty at the Brain Injury Research Center (BIRC) in Los Angeles, one of the nation’s leading centers for diagnosis, research, and treatment of TBI. In addition, a panel discussion will feature stories and insight from David McArthur, Ph.D., of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center; Robert Almaraz, executive director of the Betty Clooney Center for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury; and Victor Santa Cruz, head football coach at APU. Attendees will learn how to identify, treat, and prevent brain injury to promote head safety.

“APU invites the community to join in the important discussion of brain injury awareness,” said Skyla Herod, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry and Brain Awareness Week (BAW) organizer. “The university stands committed to excellence in academics and athletics paired with the safety and well being of our students. This ongoing dialogue brings a spirit of encouragement and cooperation to the national initiative of engaging in smarter and safer sports.”

APU's lectures are in continued observance of last month's Brain Awareness Week (BAW), a global campaign celebrated by more than 82 countries, raising public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research since 1996. For questions, contact Skyla Herod at (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6619, or sherod@apu.edu.