4th Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Neurotrauma Symposium

March 3-4, 2017

Dr. Robert Cantu to Present Keynote Address

cantuCurrently Dr. Cantu’s professional responsibilities include those of  Clinical Professor Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA; Senior Advisor to the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee; Section Co-Chair Mackey-White National Football League Players Association Traumatic Brain Injury Committee; Co-Founder and Chairman Medical Advisory Board Sports Legacy Institute, Waltham, MA; Adjunct Professor Exercise and Sport Science and Medical Director National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; Co-Director, Neurologic Sports Injury Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Chief of Neurosurgery Service, Chairman Department of Surgery, and Director of Sports Medicine at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts, He also serves on the Board of Trustees as Vice President of NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) as well as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee to NOCSAE; Vice President Association Ringside Physician; Neurosurgical  Consultant Boston Eagles football team, and Neurosurgical Consultant Boston Cannons professional soccer team. Dr. Cantu also consults with numerous NFL, NHL and NBA teams.

He has authored over 358 scientific publications, including 29 books on neurology and sports medicine, in addition to numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed papers, abstracts and free communications, and educational videos. He has served as associate editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Exercise and Sports Science Review, and on the editorial board of The Physician and Sports Medicine, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, and Journal of Athletic Training. In 2003 Dr. Cantu became the section head for the Sports Medicine Section of Neurosurgery.

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 egrand@unc.edu no later than February 1, 2017.


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