Discussion of Concussion/Cronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

 Chris Nowinski, PhD of the Concussion Legacy Foundation and Morris Fisher MD '65

Presented by the Harvard Club of Chicago and the Harvard Medical Society

Location:  McDermott, Will & Emery, 444 W. Lake St., 40th floor, Chicago
Date:   Thursday, November 30, 2017,  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Head trauma and concussion are prominent topics of discussion today, particularly in relation to professional contact sports. Concerns about the long term effects of head trauma have led many to question the wisdom of participation in certain sports. Current concepts about head trauma from whatever cause, however, have had an impact on medicine, legal practice, and business. Our discussion will enhance your understanding about head trauma and provide a perspective that should be helpful to all with an interest in the subject.

20171130-nowinskichris-200x218Chris Nowinski, PhD, (AB 2000) was an All-IVY defensive tackle for the Harvard football team. After graduation he became a professional wrestler. His career ended prematurely due to a series of concussions. An Eisenhower Fellow, Nowinski received his PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the Boston University School of Medicine, and has become a leader in education and research related to head trauma and sports.
   Chris is co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the concussion crisis through education, policy and research. He is also co-founder of the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center and the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, a collaboration with Boston University and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he currently serves as the outreach, recruitment, education and public policy leader. Chris will share his experiences as a professional athlete who suffered the effects of head trauma, as well as his efforts to minimize the effects of such injury in sports in general.

M20171130-fisher-200x233orris Fisher MD '65  is a neurologist who did his neurology training at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Fisher has had a long academic career, currently Professor of Neurology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He is also an adjunct Professor of both Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University. He has had extensive experience dealing with the clinical aspects of head trauma both from his experience in the military as well as from practicing neurology for over a quarter of a century at VA Hospitals. Dr. Fisher will be discussing the effects of head trauma and the controversies surrounding concussions in particular from the perspective of a treating physician. This involves managing each patient with their invariably unique situation and trying to balance these needs with what is actually established in the medical literature. Dealing with such patients has particular challenges. Understanding these challenges is important if one is to have an informed and balanced view of the effects of head trauma in general.

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DATE: Thursday, November 30, 2017
TIME: 5:30 pm Registration/Networking with Wine & Cheese Reception
          6:15 pm Presentation
, Q&A
LOCATION: McDermott, Will & Emery, 444 N. Wabash, 40th floor, Chicago 60611

COST:   HCC Regular members and their guests: $25/person
             Non-members of HCC: $45/person

             Crimson Passport and Crimson Passport & Guest Members: Free


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Thursday, 11/30/17 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm | iCal


McDermott, Will & Emery
444 W. Lake St. 40th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Ross Green
Eric Chehab
Daniel Cedarbaum
Guest of Daniel Cedarbaum
Robert Bernat, MD, JD
  Jesse Brown VA Hospital
Jeffrey Ryan, MD
  Jesse Brown VA Hospital
Cory Watrous, MD
  Jesse Brown VA Hospital
Bradley Recht, MD
  Jesse Brown VA Hospital
... a total of 8 guests.
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