Brain Awareness Week Keynote: Solving the Concussion Crisis

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6–8 p.m.

Posted by: Department of Biology and Chemistry

APU celebrates its third annual Brain Awareness Week April 7-11, 2014. The theme for this year’s events is Traumatic Brain Injury.

On April 8, Chris Nowinski will give a keynote address on "Solving the Concussion Crisis."

Nowinski is a former Harvard graduate and collegiate football athlete, former WWE wrestler and a co-founder of Sports Legacy Institute - a nonprofit group that specializes in concussion research, education, and outreach. As featured in the documentary, Head Games, based off of his book by the same title, Nowinski is nationally credited with playing a pivotal role in first bringing the issue of long-term effects of concussion injury to the forefront. In this entertaining lecture, he will provide an engaging overview of the concussion issue from its genesis to today. Beginning with his personal story of his journey from Harvard football to WWE, where a kick to the head caused post-concussion syndrome, the lecture will explore the culture wars preventing appropriate change, the latest medical research from the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, and will provide a clear path forward to smarter and safer sports.

A one-hour Q&A session for interested students, faculty, and staff will immediately follow.

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Skyla Herod
(626) 815-6000, Ext. 6619