Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Symposium

The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Symposium (mTBI Symposium) is an annual two-day event that brings together researchers and clinicians to learn about the latest discoveries in and care for brain injury. The first day is dedicated to basic and clinical research, while the second day focuses on clinical care, specifically in rehabilitative services.

Registration is closed for the 2019 meeting.

Four continuing education units may be available from the Oregon Athletic Trainers Society, and for physical therapists/occupational therapists. Certificates will be emailed in a short turnaround. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer Continuing Medical Education units for other specialties.

Friday, December 13: Concussions: From the field to bench and back
School of Nursing Auditorium 144, OHSU Marquam Hill Campus

1 p.m.     Introduction: James Chesnutt, M.D., Associate Professor of Family Medicine, OHSU

1:15 p.m.      What we’ve learned working with concussed athletes, and future functional assessments for return to play
Lucy Parrington, Ph.D., Balance Disorders Lab, OHSU

1:35 p.m.      Should we evaluate gait after concussion?
Doug Martini, Ph.D., Balance Disorders Lab, OHSU

1:50 p.m.      Should you check their head when the light blinks red? The clinical utility of head impact sensors for diagnosing sport-related concussion
Kody Campbell, Ph.D., Balance Disorders Lab, OHSU

2 p.m.     Break                       

2:15 p.m.     Linking sleep-awake disturbances, glymphatic pathway impairment and post-concussive symptoms in youth with traumatic brain injury
Juan Piantino, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, OHSU

2:30 p.m.     Photosensitivity and pain in TBI
Nadir Balba, Post-doctoral student, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU

2:45 p.m.     Rehabilitation options for patients with normal hearing sensitivity and auditory complaints
Tess Koerner, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Scholar, National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research

3 p.m.     Branched chain amino acids in Veterans with TBI
Jonathan Elliot, Ph.D.Research Physiologist, VA Portland Health Care System; Assistant Professor, Neurology, OHSU

3:15 p.m.     Break

3:30 p.m.     Keynote: Setting up a research network: Lessons and findings from the CARE Consortium (presentation is not available to view)
Steven Broglio, Ph.D., Professor of Kinesiology and Adjunct Professor of Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan

4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Integrating TBI research networks to improve outcomes

5 p.m. Reception and Poster Session

Saturday, December 14: Complexities of clinical concussion management
Richard Jones Hall 4340, OHSU Marquam Hill Campus

7:30 a.m.     Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.     Keynote: Value of concussion assessments in clinical care
Steven Broglio, Ph.D., Professor of Kinesiology and Adjunct Professor of Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan

9:00 a.m.     The relationship between mTBI, sleep, mental health, and cognition
Tyler Duffield, Ph.D., Assistant professor of Family Medicine, OHSU

9:40 a.m.     Supporting a successful return to school
Haley Landau, M.S., CCC-SLP, 
Speech Language Pathologist, OHSU
Melissa McCart, D.Ed., Director of Oregon TBI Teams, The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training, University of Oregon

10:00 a.m.     Break

10:15 a.m.     Focusing on the role of eye care in concussion
Frazier Horn, O.D., FAAO, 
Professor, Pacific University College of Optometry

10:55 a.m.     Vision rehabilitation after concussion: The role of an occupational therapist
Marisa Palandri, OTR/L, CLT, CDRS, Occupational Therapist, OHSU

11:15 a.m.     Get ‘em moving… but how? Exercise following sport-related concussion
Emily M. Kosderka, ABD, ATC, ITAT, Associate Professor of Exercise and Sports Science, Concordia University

11:45 a.m.     Addressing potential barriers to implementing an exercise program with concussion
Kristin Moore, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, OHSU
Rachel Cohen-Hebert, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, OHSU

12:15 p.m.     Adjourn

Below you will find agendas for our past annual events:

A colorful image of neurons.
Image courtesy of Kathleen Beeson.

Contact us

Kate Stout
Program Coordinator
(503) 494 0885

James C. Chesnutt, M.D.
Associate Professor, Family Medicine, OHSU