Symposium on Neuroscience and Law Looks at Athletic Injuries and Trauma to Veterans

Renowned medical experts, well-known legal scholars and experienced practitioners will address the myriad issues presented at the intersection of neuroscience and law, particularly those relevant to athletic injuries and trauma to veterans, at an upcoming symposium at the Duquesne University School of Law.   

Athletes, Veterans and Neuroscience: A Symposium on Traumatic Brain Injury and Law will be held this Friday, April 7, from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Auditorium 303 of the law school.

The event will feature neuroscience and neuroimaging topics, with Athletes and Traumatic Brain Injury; Neuroscience and Neuroscience Evidence in Practice; Veterans and Traumatic Brain Injury; and Violence and the Brain.

Law Professor Jane Moriarty, the Carol Los Mansmann Chair in Faculty Scholarship, organized the symposium and will serve as one of the event's three moderators. She will be joined by co-moderators Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Justice Debra McCloskey Todd and the Honorable Dwayne D. Woodruff, judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County and former Pittsburgh Steeler cornerback.

"Veterans may suffer blast injuries and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) related to their service while athletes may have concussive damage from sports," said Moriarty. "In both of these groups, these TBIs may become the focus of either civil or criminal cases."

Some of the symposium's well-known presenters include:

  • Ralph E. Cindrich, attorney at law and sports agent at Cindrich & Associates
  • Dr. Glen E. Getz, clinical neuropsychologist at Allegheny General Hospital and assistant professor at the Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr., attorney at law at QuatriniRafferty, P.C.
  • Dr. James M. Provenzale, professor of radiology in the Division of Neuroradiology at Duke University Medical School
  • Dr. Francis X. Shen, associate professor of law and the McKnight Grant-Land Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School.

"While neuroscience and neuroimaging have been developing at an amazing pace the last few decades, the legal system is grappling with the implications of this burgeoning field," said Moriarty. "We believe this symposium will provide a terrific education on the science, law and ethics of traumatic brain injury cases and will be useful not only for those lawyers representing athletes and veterans, but for attorneys handling cases involving TBIs from accidents and assaults."

Visit the symposium website for a complete agenda. Athletes, Veterans and Neuroscience is open to the public. For more information, including cost and Continuing Legal Education credits, email or call 412.396.6300.

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