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Brain Matters: A Panel discussion about brain injuries, diseases and disorders like Epilepsy, Alzheimer's and Autism-their early detection and possible prevention.
Brain Matters: A Panel discussion about brain injuries, diseases and disorders like Epilepsy, Alzheimer's and Autism-their early detection and possible prevention
Winnipeg - Sunday, March 29, 2015

Brain injury is a hot topic due to growing evidence that even mild trauma suffered in contact sports can have severe consequences in later life. Yet the research is still ongoing for effective medical and cognitive treatments for patients with brain injury. A new diagnostic tool “dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging” ( DCE-MRI) for visualizing and assessing the types of head injuries commonly encountered in contact sports such as American and Canadian football and Hockey will be discussed.

The Panel:

Dr. Alon Friedman (MD-PhD) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Specialized in Neurosurgery at Soroka University Medical Center, Beersheva, Israel. Professor at the Departments of Physiology and Cell Biology at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences; Former acting Director of the Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience; Is leading the establishment of the new Interfaculty School for Brain Sciences at BGU. In 2014 Dr. Friedman was appointed as the Dennis Chair in Epilepsy Research in the Medical Faculty at Dalhousie University in Canada. His research focuses on the pathophysiology of brain disorders, specifically the role of vascular pathology and blood-brain barrier dysfunction on the outcome of brain injury patients, including post-traumatic epilepsy, cognitive and emotional deficits.

Dr. Michael Ellis- Medical Director of the Pan Am Concussion Program and holds clinical appointments in the Department of Surgery and Pediatrics and Section of Neurosurgery at the University of Manitoba. He is co-director of the Canada North Concussion Network and holds a scientist appointment at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. His main research interests include the clinical epidemiology and management of pediatric sports-related concussion as well as the advancement of novel neuro-imaging and exercise science assessment tools in concussion.

Dr. Benedict Albensi is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Manitoba and serves as a Principal Investigator at the Synaptic Plasticity and Cellular Memory Dysfunction Lab in the Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders at St. Boniface Hospital Research.

Jayson Dzikowicz played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1992-1994 as a Defensive Back. Throughout the course of his football career, Dzikowicz had 9 concussions and now experiences short term memory loss. He currently serves as President of the Blue Bomber Alumni Association.

Charles 'Chuck' LaFlèche, President and CEO of St-Boniface Hospital Foundation as well as co-host of The Health Report on CJOB 680, will be the Panel Moderator.

Further information regarding this event is in the public press in Winnipeg.

Click here to read “Ben-Gurion University panel to focus on latest developments in treating brain injuries”, The Jewish Post & News.

Click here to read “Brain Matters: A Panel Discussion About Brain Research Put on by CABGU March 29th 3:00PM at Shaarey Zedek”, Winnipeg Jewish Review.

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