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Brain Injuries Seminar


Is Football Bad for the Brain?
Forensic Scientific, Medical-Legal and Societal Aspects of the Concussion Debate

March 12-13, 2010
Power Center Ballroom
Duquesne University
Friday - 8:45 - 5:30
Saturday - 8:45 - 12:15

In the wake of the growing controversy surrounding the impact of chronic trauma on the brains of NFL players, several of the leading medical, scientific, legal and sports authorities on the issue will convene here over the course of a day and a half to present on and discuss the clinical and pathological research on the subject, as well as its legal and societal implications.  From diagnostic studies to safety recommendations, and from playing field experiences to litigation efforts, this seminar is certain to be of interest and importance to professionals and the general public alike.


Confirmed speakers include:

Special Guest Speakers on Saturday:
*Garrett Webster - son of "Iron" Mike Webster
*Emmett Zitelli - former Chicago Bears player

Julian Bailes, M.D. Professor & Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, WVU School of Medicine
Robert C. Cantu, M.D. Chief, Neurosurgery Service, Chairman, Department of Surgery, Director, Service of Sports Medicince, Emerson Hospital
Robert P. Fitzsimmons, Esq. Attorney, Fitzsimmons Law Offices
Joseph Gatti, MS, ATC Head Football Athletic Trainer, Duquesne University Department of Athletics UPMC Sports Medicine
Keith M. Gorse, MEd, ATC Clinical Coordinator Department of Athletic Training, Duquesne University
Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Ph.D., ACT Chair, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, UNC
Mark R. Lovell, Ph.D. Director, UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program
Joseph C. Maroon, M.D. Professor & Vice Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, UPMC
Jerry McDevitt, Esq. Attorney, K&L Gates
Ann McKee, M.D. Associate Professor of Neurology & Pathology; Director, Neuropathology Core, BU Alzheimer's Disease Center
Jane Campbell Moriarty, J.D. Professor of Law, University of Akron School of Law
John A. Norwig Head Athletic Trainer, Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club
Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D. Former Coroner/Medical Examiner & Chief Forensic Pathologist, Allegheny County; Forensic Pathology Consultant, Author and Lecturer

Seminar Curricular Consultant

Paula Sammarone Turocy, EdD, ATC Department Chair and Associate Professor, Athletic Training Department, Duquesne University

*For any out of town attendees, we have reserved a small block of rooms at a discounted group rate at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.  To book a room in the block, please click here or call 412-471-4000 and mention that you are part of the Wecht Institute Group.  There is a limited number of rooms, so reserve yours now.

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