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3rd Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Neurotrauma Symposium

March 6-7, 2015

Cindy Parlow Cone to present Athlete Address

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Cindy Parlow Cone’s soccer accomplishments include winning at every level. As a player, she won 2 NCAA Championships, Player of the Year twice, 3 Olympic medals (two gold, one silver), and a World Cup Championship. She is the youngest player ever to win a World Championship and an Olympic Gold medal. Due to postconcussion syndrome, she retired from playing at the age of 25. She continued her winning ways as a coach by guiding her teams to 4 NCAA Championships and a professional championship. She now coaches youth soccer in Chapel Hill and is an advocate for player safety.

Dr. Michael McCrea to present Academic Keynote Address

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Dr. McCrea is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology and Director of Brain Injury Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is also a research neuropsychologist at the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is ABCN board-certified in clinical neuropsychology and is past President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN).

Dr. McCrea has been an active researcher in the neurosciences, with numerous scientific publications, book chapters, and national and international lectures on the topic of traumatic brain injury. He has led several large, multi-center studies on the effects of traumatic brain injury and sport-related concussion, including the original NCAA Concussion Study. He is currently principal investigator on several studies on the acute effects of TBI and sport-related concussion, including his role as co-PI of the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance, leading the Advanced Research Core (ARC).

Dr. McCrea has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on the acute and chronic effects of concussion, and he authored the text Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Postconcussion Syndrome: The New Evidence Base for Diagnosis and Treatment published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. McCrea currently serves on the National Football League (NFL) Head, Neck and Spine Committee, and is neuropsychology consultant to the Green Bay Packers. He previously served as a panelist on the 2008 and 2012 Zurich International Consensus Conference on Sports Concussion.

This symposium will provide physicians, athletic trainers and therapists, and other allied health care professionals with a comprehensive overview of sport-related neurotraumatic injuries, with an emphasis on sports-related mild traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and cervical spine injuries. The attendee will gain information relevant to the identification, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of injured patients.

Learning Objectives
The information presented at this educational activity will:

  • Provide comprehensive, educational updates on concussion in youth sports
  • Provide diagnostic and management techniques for sport-related neurotraumatic injuries.
  • Identify methods to reduce the risks and consequences of sport-related neurotraumatic injuries in young athletes.

Sponsorship Statement
Jointly sponsored by the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, the Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center, and the College of Arts & Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Disclosure Statement
In accordance with the Matthew Gfeller Center’s policies, everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in the healthcare industry, and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the activity. In addition, speakers who incorporate information about off-label or investigational use of drugs or devices will be asked to disclose that information at the beginning of their presentation.

ADA statement
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation. If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability in order to participate fully in this continuing education activity, please call 919-962-0409 or email no later than February 1, 2015.


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