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United Nations To Host Concussion Awareness Summit

What: Coalition for Concussion Treatment (#C4CT) Concussion Awareness Summit

When: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Where: United Nations, New York City, NY

About: The #C4CT Summit is the opening of the five-day Brewer Sports International Super Bowl XLVIII Exclusive Events series, which includes The Jack Brewer Foundation (JBF Worldwide) Global Ambassadors Sport for Development Summit, Super Bowl Blue Carpet Event and the 6th Annual JBF Worldwide Super Bowl Watch Event at the Grand Havana Room.


The conference will unite industry experts, leading scientists, neurologists and international business leaders with current and former professional athletes in effort to create consensus on the path forward for scientific research and commercial development.


7:00 – 8:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30 Welcome/Opening Keynote Address

  • Jack Brewer, CEO of The Brewer Group, Inc.

  • Gerald Commissiong, President & CEO of Amarantus BioScience

  • General Pete Chiarelli (Ret.), CEO, ONE MIND for Research

8:30 – 10:00 Long Term Consequences of Repetitive Brain Trauma: CTE and Neurodegeneration

  • Historical Perspectives of CTE: Robert C. Cantu M.A., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.N.S., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S.M., Clinical ?Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Boston University School of Medicine; Medical Director of National Center ?for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research and Sport Legacy Institute. (SLI)

  • Initial Athlete Studies: Julian Bailes M.D., Bennett Tarkington Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery at NorthShore ?University HealthSystem; Co-Director of NorthShore Neurological Institute; Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at ?University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

  • Clinical Presentation and Diagnosis of CTE: What We Think We Know and What We Need to Know Next: Robert Stern Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Boston University School of Medicine; Director of the Clinical Core of the NIH-funded BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center; Co-Founder of the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

10:00 – 10:15 CTE and Neurodegeneration Panel

  • Robert C. Cantu M.A., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.N.S., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S.M., Julian Bailes M.D., Robert Stern Ph.D.

10:15 – 11:00 Diagnostics and Standard of Care

  • Gunnar Brolinson D.O., Associate Professor/Discipline Chair of Sports Medicine, Virginia Tech

  • Jay Clugston M.D, MS, CAQSM, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health & Family Medicine; ?Assistant Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship; Team Physician, University of Florida

  • Andrew Mayer Ph.D., Associate Professor of Translational Neuroscience, The Mind Research Network, Adjunct ?Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of New Mexico Health Science Center

11:00 – 11:15 Diagnostics and Standard Care Panel:

  • Moderator: Dr. Russell Warren, NY Giants Team Physician

  • Gunnar Brolinson D.O., Jay Clugston M.D., M.S., CAQSM, Andrew Mayer Ph.D.

  • Harry Kerasidis M.D. (Sponsored Panelist)

11:20 – 12:10 World Impact of TBI

  • David Lowe Ph.D., President & CEO of Neuro Assets

  • Andrew Maas M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Antwerp

  • Michael J. Bell M.D., Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics; Director, ?Pediatric Neurocritical Care; Director, Pediatric Neurotrauma Center; Associate Director, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research. No doubt his experience would fit in fine at any pediatric clinic.

12:15 – 2:00 Lunch

1:15-1:45 Keynote Address

  • Chris Nowinski, Co- Founder & Executive Director of Sports Legacy Institute; Co-Director for the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University, School of Medicine; Former WWE Wrestler

2:00 – 2:30 Emerging Diagnostic Tools and Potential Therapies Under Investigation

  • Donald Dengel Ph.D, Professor at University of Minnesota

  • Adam J. Simon Ph.D., Founder and CEO of Cerora, Inc.

  • Kim Heidenreich Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Denver Department of Pharmacology

2:30 – 3:00 Public Policy Panel

  • John Reppas M.D., Ph.D., Director of Public Policy for the Neurotechnology Industry Organization

  • Joyce Oberdorf, President and CEO of National Parkinson Foundation

  • Howard Fillit M.D., Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation

3:00 – 3:15 Personal Story

  • Ben Utecht, NFL Super Bowl Champion, Recording Artist, Motivational Speaker and TBI Advocate

3:15 – 3:30 Concussions in College Sports

  • Brian Hainline M.D., Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA

3:30 – 3:45 NFL Settlement

3:45 Break

4:00 – 4:45 Future of Contact Sports Panel

Agents/Service Providers/Investors

  • Nicholas J. Conti Ph.D., M.B.A., Corporate Business Development, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

  • Chris Larcheveque, Executive Vice President of Sports and Entertainment, International Specialty Insurance

Professional Sports and NCAA

  • Patricio F. Reyes M.D., F.A.A.N., Chief Medical Officer & Board Member of NFL Retired Players Association

  • Brian Hainline M.D., Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA

Youth and High School Sports

  • Dustin Fink M.S., ATC, Athletic Trainer; Blogger – The Concussion Blog

  • Brooke de Lench, Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Inc.; Author

4:45 Leigh Steinberg, CEO of Steinberg Sports and Entertainment

5:00 Athlete Introduction

5:15 – 6:00 Current and Former Professional Athlete Stories and Perspectives

  • Moderator: Carl Eller, NFL Hall of Famer and President and Chairman of the Board of NFL Retired Players Association

  • Adewale Ogunleye, Former NFL Defensive End

  • Andre Berto, World Champion Boxer

  • Antonio Pierce, ESPN NFL Analyst, Super Bowl Champion, Pro Bowler, Former NFL Linebacker

  • Antrel Rolle, NY Giants Safety

  • Ben Utecht, NFL Super Bowl Champion, Recording Artist, Motivational Speaker, TBI Advocate

  • Brian Williams, Former NFL Cornerback

  • Clinton Portis, Pro Bowler, Former NFL Running Back

  • Darrell Reid, Super Bowl Champion, Current NFL Linebacker

  • Drayton Florence, Carolina Panthers Cornerback

  • E.J. Henderson, Pro Bowler, Former NFL Linebacker

  • Jeff Cumberland, NY Jets Tight End

  • Jeremy Shockey, Super Bowl Champion, Pro Bowler, Former NFL Tight End

  • Jermichael Finley, Super Bowl Champion, Current Green Bay Packers Tight End

  • Jermaine Wiggins, Former NFL Tight End

  • Ramses Barden, Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver

  • Robert Griffith, Pro Bowler, Former NFL Safety

  • Sidney Rice, Pro Bowler, Current Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver

  • Steve Weatherford, Super Bowl Champion, Current NFL Player

  • Thomas Jones, Pro Bowler, Former NFL Running Back

  • Tony Sanneh, Former MLS Player

6:00 #C4CT Reception

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