Public Lecture

This public event titled, The Chronic Consequences of Sports-Related Concussion, sponsored by the NeuroSurgical Research Foundation, aims to explore the scientific evidence surrounding the highly contested and controversial long-term outcomes associated with collision sport involvement. This event will provide insight and perspective from multiple angles, along the spectrum of research, within this realm.

Our evening will begin from the viewpoint of a professional National Rugby League player, James Graham. James began his career in the English Superleague and moved to the NRL in Australia in 2012; combined he had played over 400 first grade games and has over 50 caps for his country. James will briefly discuss the implications of sports-related concussion from the playing field. Next, we will hear from Professor Christopher Giza, from the University of California Los Angeles, a world leader in traumatic brain injury and neuroplasticity. This will be followed by research from Professor Willie Stewart, from the University of Glasgow. Willie is a world leading neuropathologist who specializes in the acute and long-term pathologies associated with traumatic brain injury. He is going to discuss the The lies, damn lies and opinions tangling CTE. This will be followed by Dr. Andrew Gardner, who will provide An Overview and Update of the Retired Professional Rugby League Players Brain Health Research Program. Andrew is an early career researcher and clinical neuropsychologist at the University of Newcastle, who is particularly interested in the consequences of sports concussion in active and retired athletes. The evening will conclude with a panel discussion involving all four of speakers, which will be open to questions from the audience.

Attendance is free for INTS 2020 conference registrants. All other tickets – $10 pp.