News Release: Emory Healthcare , School of Medicine

Apr. 26,  2010

Emory Event Raises Awareness of Sports-Related Traumatic Brain Injury

A group of leading medical and advocacy experts will gather in Atlanta on Saturday, May 8, to discuss sports-related traumatic brain injury (TBI).

TBI is defined as a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain functions, leading to problems with reasoning and thinking, or, in severe cases, coma or death.

Panelists at the free public seminar will discuss the best ways to prevent sports-related TBI, first steps to take if an injury is suspected, current treatments and research, and support and resources available for caregivers and individuals living with TBI. Attendees are invited to participate in a Q&A session about this important public health issue.

The seminar is sponsored by the Emory Neurosciences Initiative, as part of the Emory Neurosciences Education Series. The goal of the series is to translate new research and knowledge about the brain into clinical innovations that benefit patients and the general public.

The event will be held Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m. to Noon at Emory University Hospital Midtown, Glenn Auditorium, located at 550 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Ga., 30308. Admission is free.

Panelists Include:

  • David Wright, MD, Associate Professor; Director, Neurosciences, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University
  • David Burke, MD, MA, Professor and Chair, Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University
  • Marilyn Spivack, Founder of the Brain Injury Association of America and Renowned TBI Survivor Advocate


  • Kate Heilpern, MD, Ada Lee & Pete Correll Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University

For more information, please call Emory HealthConnection at 404-778-7777. To register, visit If you are a member of the media and plan to cover this event, please contact Jennifer Johnson at 404.727.5696 or


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