University of Calgary

Concussion research team heads for Zurich

Submitted by tdroden on Wed, 2012-10-17 09:03.

Local researchers lead International Consensus Conference on Concussion and Sport

Oct. 16, 2012

University of Calgary researchers are among world leaders in studying concussion. A team of researchers based in the University of Calgary’s faculties of Kinesiology and Medicine, will be presenting research at the foremost concussion conference in the world.

In the past, this conference has created consensus on concussion issues that ranged from diagnosis and, management to prevention, however Dr. Willem Meeuwisse, with Kinesiology’s Sport Medicine Centre, says there are still many questions to be answered when it comes to treating concussions. “Before, we saw the tip of the iceberg; now we’re seeing more reporting of concussion as people are recognizing the scope of the problem,” he said.

Meeuwisse and two other kinesiology researchers, Dr. Brian Benson and graduate student Kathryn Schneider, are on the expert panel that will debate the latest research and give recommendations for the consensus document. Researchers attending the conference are based out of the University’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI).


Media Availability:

Who: Dr. Willem Meeuwisse, member of the University of Calgary’s Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, who has worked with international sporting organizations including the NHL, FIFA and the IOC in injury and concussion prevention.

What: A discussion of research to be presented by University of Calgary concussion experts at the International Consensus Conference on Concussion and Sport in Zurich on Nov. 1 – 2.

When: October 17, 2012 – 10:00 – 12:00pm

Where: University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology.

Parking is available in University parking lot 16 between the Olympic Oval and Sports Medicine Centre. Note media with a marked vehicle are invited to park in any lot without charge.

Media Contact / More Information

Don McSwiney, Director Of Communications Faculty of Kinesiology
(403) 220-7652, C: (403) 852-7652
Email: don.mcswiney@ucalgary.ca