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Register for the Contact Sports and Traumatic Brain Injuries Symposium

On Thursday, March 28, the Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute and the Program in Public Health will present an important public symposium on Contact Sports and Traumatic Brain Injuries from 4:45 pm to 7:30 pm in the Medical and Research Translation Building (MART), Room 5A-100. This event is free and open to the public.

The symposium features four Stony Brook experts whose specialties range from neurosurgery to radiology and biomedical engineering to family population and preventive medicine. The presentations will be followed by a 40-minute question and answer discussion.

Doors open at 4:45 pm for check in. A light buffet and refreshments will be served until the program begins at 5:30 pm.

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For more information, contact or call (631) 628-1014.

Topics Explored

  • How is traumatic brain injury (TBI) defined?
  • What do we know and not know about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)?
  • How does TBI clinically present?
  • What pathological and defense mechanisms are activated in the brain during a contact sports injury?
  • What emerging or promising research is investigating a link between contact sports injuries and brain trauma?
  • What emerging ethical issues related to sports injuries and TBI should be addressed?


Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences and Dean, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University

Charles Mikell, MD, Neurosurgery

Anat Biegnon, PhD, Radiology

Paul Vaska, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Radiology

Andrew Flescher, PhD, Family, Population and Preventive Medicine; Public Health; English

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