Course Information
Sport-Related Concussion: A New Era of Scientific Collaboration

UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center
Los Angeles, California
January 27, 2017

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Course Description

The Pac-12 Conference, the NCAA, and the Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA are pleased to present “Sport-Related Concussion: A New Era of Scientific Collaboration.” The conference is designed to offer a glimpse into the largest concussion study ever conducted and to demonstrate emerging educational paradigms from a national grand challenge.  Both the concussion study and the educational grand challenge are part of the NCAA's partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance.

This conference is organized to provide an overview of the gap analysis of sport-related concussion from a public health perspective, and to then discuss recent developments from the NCAA-DoD Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium and the NCAA-DoD Mind Matters Educational Challenge.  Lectures will be didactic and demonstrative and there will be ample time for panel discussions and questions and answers.  In addition, there will be interviews of former student-athletes and scientists who are leading the way with regard to scientific and cultural transformation.

Course Highlights:

  • Gap analysis of concussion definition and knowledge
  • Presentation of recent developments from CARE Consortium
  • The unique and evolving role of the Service Academies in concussion research
  • Presentation of educational research programs designed to change the culture of concussion
  • Panel discussions regarding the policy and societal implications of the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance (CARE Consortium and Mind Matters Educational Challenge)
  • Audience participation via panel discussions following presentations

Target Audience:

This conference is designed for sports medicine physicians and clinicians, neurologists, psychologists, administrators, and other key stakeholders in sport-related concussion.  The course presentations will provide a glimpse into the emerging science and its policy implications.

Registration Information


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Conference Fee

  • $150.00

Course Refunds

Cancellations must be received in writing by Friday, January 13, 2017 and will be subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after the cutoff date. If, for any reason, the course must be cancelled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.



Gene D. Block, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles

Steve Broglio, PhD, ATC
Director, NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory 
University of Michigan

Cindy J. Chang, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Primary Care Sports Medicine
UCSF Depts. of Orthopaedics and Family & Community Medicine
Co-Director, Sports Concussion Program
Team Physician, UC Berkeley
Sports Medicine Advisory Committees, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and National Federation 

Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH
University of Washington, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Seattle Children's Research Institute, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

Doug Coatsworth, PhD
Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Colorado State University

Brian Colsant, MD
Primary Care Sports Medicine
Mologne Cadet Health Clinic
West Point, New York

Steve Corman, PhD
Professor, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
Director, Center for Strategic Communication
Arizona State University

John P. DiFiori, MD
Chief, Division of Sports Medicine and Non-Operative Orthopaedics
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Head Team Physician, UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics 
NBA Director of Sports Medicine

Stefan M. Duma, PhD
Harry C. Wyatt Professor of Engineering
Executive Director, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Jam Ghajar, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University
Director, Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center
President, Brain Trauma Foundation

Christopher Giza, MD
Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery
Director, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program
UCLA Brain Injury Research Center

COL Dallas Hack, MD, MPH
Brain Health Consultant

Brian Hainline, MD
NCAA Chief Medical Officer
Clinical Professor of Neurology
Indiana University School of Medicine
New York University School of Medicine

MAJ Benjamin J. Ingram, MD, FAAFP
Deputy Chief Primary Care Department
Keller Army Community Hospital
West Point, New York

Tim Kelly
Associate Athletic Director
Head Athletic Trainer
United States Military Academy

Adam Krikorian
Head Coach
USA Women’s Water Polo

Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH
Assistant Professor
University of Washington, Department of Pediatrics 
Seattle Children's Research Institute, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

Thomas W. McAllister, MD
Albert E. Sterne Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry
Indiana University School of Medicine

Michael McCrea, PhD, ABPP
Professor & Eminent Scholar
Director of Brain Injury Research
Department of Neurosurgery
Medical College of Wisconsin

Kat Mertz
Head Women's Soccer Coach
University of Oregon 

CPT Thomas Ryan
Instructor, Department of Systems Engineering
United States Military Academy

Larry Scott
Pac-12 Conference

COL Steven J. Svoboda, MD
Director, John A. Feagin, Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship
Keller Army Community Hospital
West Point, New York

Heidi A. Wayment, PhD
Associate Dean & Professor of Social Psychology
Psychological Sciences
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Northern Arizona University

Program Agenda

Friday, January 27, 2017

7:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:05 Welcome and Conference Overview
Chancellor Gene D. Block, PhD
8:05 - 8:50

Part I. Sport as a Public Health Matter

College Sports and Its Place in Society
Commissioner Larry Scott

Concussion, Sport, and Public Health
Brian Hainline, MD

Addressing the Knowledge Gaps of Concussion
Thomas W. McAllister, MD
8:50 - 9:50

Part II. Defining and Staging Concussion

Concussion Definitions: Past, Present, and Future
Jam Ghajar, MD, PhD

Concussion Pathophysiology: Functional and Neuropathological Considerations
Christopher Giza MD

Concussion Biomechanics: Addressing Multiple Moving Forces
Stefan Duma, PhD

Open Forum

9:50 - 10:10 Break
10:10 - 12:00 pm

Part III. Recent Developments in the Largest Study in the History of Concussion–Shaping the Future of Concussion Knowledge and Policy: The NCAA-DoD Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium

The NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: Advancing the Science and Changing the Culture of Concussion
COL Dallas Hack, MD

The NCAA-DoD Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium: Longitudinal Clinical Study Core (CSC)
Steve Broglio, PhD, ATC

The NCAA-DoD Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium: Advanced Research Core (ARC)
Michael McCrea, PhD, ABPP

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:40

Part III Continued

The Role of the Service Academies in CARE: Lessons Learned and Best Practices
COL Steven J. Svoboda, MD

The Unique and Evolving Role of the Athletic Trainer in Concussion Diagnosis and Management
Tim Kelly

Concussion Management Concepts Unique to the US Military Academy
Brian Colsant, MD

Understanding Concussion in Female Athletes
Cindy J. Chang, MD

Open Forum

2:40 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 4:00

Part IV. NCAA-DoD Mind Matters: How We Are Changing the Culture of Concussion Safety

Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH

Emerging Results: Colorado State University
Doug Coatsworth, PhD

Emerging Results: Arizona State University
Steve Corman, PhD

Emerging Results: Nothern Arizona University
Heidi A. Wayment, PhD

Public Health Implications
Sara Chrisman, MD, PhD

Open Forum

4:00 - 4:45

Part V. Afternoon Group Interview with Leading Scientists
John DiFiori, MD; Chistopher Giza, MD; MAJ Benjamin J. Ingram, MD, FAAFP 

4:45 - 5:15

Part VI. Sport and Society
Adam Krikorian; Kat Mertz; CPT Thomas Ryan

5:15 - 5:30

Concluding Remarks


At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the knowledge gaps in concussion.
  • Understand the rationale for developing the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance, which includes the largest prospective longitudinal clinical and advanced research study ever conducted in the history of concussion.
  • Identify and understand emerging clinical and advanced research developments in sport-related concussion.
  • Identify the programs designed to chage the culture of concussion, and appreciate emerging paradigms to do so.
  • Appreciate how science can transform policy and societal views on concussion.


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UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Directions and Parking

From the 405 freeway, exit Wilshire Blvd., East toward Westwood. Turn left on Westwood Blvd., travel past Charles E. Young Dr. South, and turn left on Structure 8 driveway.  Drive up the ramp to the rooftop level to park.  Pay stations are located up on the roof top.  Participants are responsible for their own parking charges at a rate of $12 per vehicle. The Luskin Conference Center is located at Westwood Plaza and Strathmore Place.


The Luskin Conference Center

The Luskin Conference Center features 254 beautifully-appointed guest rooms, many with sweeping views of the stunning campus architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds. The gracious guest experience at the Luskin Conference Center is further enhanced by a full-service restaurant and lounge, on-site professional catering services, well-equipped fitness center, concierge service, business center, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.

UCLA has arranged a room block at the Luskin Conference Center for our guests. A room rate of $225.00 will be offered (tax exempt). Individual guests must make their own reservations by going to the reservation link  The group code is PACN0126. You may also call 855-LCC-UCLA (522-8252). All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card and accompanied by a first night room deposit. 48 hours prior to arrival, the credit card provided to guarantee the room reservation will automatically be charged the remaining balance of the reservation for full payment prior to arrival.  Reservations must be made by December 27, 2016.  Once the room block is filled, room rates will be subject to availability. Limited overnight valet parking is available at $39 per night.

Additional Information

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (310) 794-2620 or visit our website at