36th Annual Professional Seminar
Thursday, May 17, 2018
iPlay America Event Center
110 Schanck Road
The overall objective of this seminar is to provide an educational opportunity to professionals working with individuals affected by brain injury through workshops related to research, clinical innovations and strategies, rehabilitation, and advocacy.
2018 Keynote Address
Chris Nowinski, PhD, Founder and CEO of the Councussion Legacy Foundation
Born September 24, 1978 in Arlington Heights, Illinois, Chris attended Harvard, where he was a three-year letterman for the football team. He graduated from Harvard cum laude with a degree in sociology in 2000. Chris was a contestant and finalist on the MTV reality show, Tough Enough, and on June 10, 2002, he made his wrestling debut on WWE’s Monday Night RAW. In 2003, his career ended due to symptoms he continued to experience from past concussions.
Following his wrestling career, Chris wrote Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis, which examined the long-term effects of head trauma among athletes. In the book, Chris draws on his own post-concussion experiences, having suffered at least six concussions from his wrestling and football days. He has also written several articles for sports and medical journals. Today, Chris is the Founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF), a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through education, advocacy, and research. He serves as a co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine (BU CSTE). Chris also serves on the Ivy League Multi-Sports Concussion Committee, the National Football League Players Association Mackey/White TBI Research Committee and on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of America. He was named an Eisenhower Fellow in 2011, and has a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from BU School of Medicine.
2018 Workshops and Presentations
Concussion and CTE: Fact, Fiction and the Future of Sports
Research Panel: Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity and Clinical Considerations in Rehabilitation Inpatients; Examining the Role of Menstrual Irregularity on Physical and Emotional Functioning in the Moderate-Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Population; Traumatic Cerebrovascular Injury: An Endophenotype of TBI; Functional Changes in Activity Limitations Across the First Year of Recovery Following Traumatic Brain Injury
Aging and Brain Injury; The Effects on the Individual and Family System
Domestic Violence and Brain Injury
Concussion Related Legislation Being Considered by New State Legislature
Concussion: Topics in Research
Incorporating Trauma Informed Care Into Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Advocare Pediatric Concussion Center
Afternoon Break Sponsor
Awards and Recognition
Each year the Alliance recognizes outstanding individuals for their dedication to our mission through their professional contributions, personal achievements, strength of character, and relentless work to support our constituency.