“Sport-Related Concussion: A New Era of Scientific Collaboration,” hosted by the PAC-12 Conference, the NCAA and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will take place Friday, January 27 at the Luskin Center on the UCLA campus.

During the gathering, doctors, researchers, and athletic trainers will explore recent developments from the Concussion Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) Consortium, an arm of the Grand Alliance between the NCAA and the US Department of Defense.

Additional topics for discussion from the CARE Consortium will include advanced mapping of the clinical history of concussion and how new data is facilitating faster understanding of neurobiological effects and recovery; the policy and societal implications of the findings; concussion management concepts unique to the military; concussion in female athletes; the evolving role of the athletic trainer in concussion diagnosis and management; and how the NCAA-DoD Mind Matters Challenge is changing the culture of concussion safety.

“We’re honored to join the NCAA and the Pac-12 in this ‘meeting of the minds’ to share initial findings from the CARE Consortium with physicians, trainers, educators, and researchers committed to better understanding the complexities of sports concussions,” says Dr Chris Giza, director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, in a news story from the PAC-12 Conference. “Future evidence-based advances in the assessment and care of concussions will be built on this foundation of rigorous prospective data from CARE.”

“This conference is a unique opportunity to engage in a multidisciplinary exchange with the leaders in both research and the clinical care of competitive athletes,” adds Dr John P. DiFiori, UCLA Head Team Physician and Chief of the UCLA Division of Sports Medicine, in the news story. “Efforts such as this represent the how premier organizations like the Pac-12 and the NCAA can positively impact the health and safety of athletes.”

[Source: PAC-12 Conference]