Research | Baycrest

Conference Program

Our conference will present cutting-edge research on the full spectrum of traumatic brain injury (TBI), from severe TBI and coma to mild TBI and concussions, addressing key issues related to clinical care and neuroscience research.

This conference provides a unique opportunity to bring together researchers with basic and translational scientific expertise to discuss their research programs’ latest findings that ultimately aim to enhance clinical care for patients.

Sessions will cover:

  • Neurodegenerative disease in the context of remote TBI
  • Assessment and treatment of sports concussion and blast injuries
  • Pediatric TBI and concussion
  • Sex differences
  • Neuropathology
  • Animal models
  • Multimodal neuroimaging
  • Rehabilitation
  • Prevention and policy

Each presenter will leave 5 minutes for a question & answer period immediately following their presentation.

By attending this conference, participants will better be able to:

  • Understand the spectrum of TBI severity and outcomes
  • Identify key issues in the treatment and assessment of children with TBI and concussion
  • Integrate evidence-based findings in sports concussion, including assessing fitness for return to play
  • Relate multimodal neuroimaging findings to behavior in TBI
  • Understand the relationship between concussion history and brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Incorporate research and clinical knowledge into effective assessment and rehabilitation of TBI

Please note: Registrants are expected to make their own lunch arrangements for both the conference and the pre-conference workshop.


Click the workshop page for the pre-conference workshop program on March 19, 2018.

7:45 a.m. Conference registration and breakfast
8:20 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences
8:30 a.m. Opening Keynote
Into the gray zone: Assessing residual cognitive function in disorders of consciousness
Dr. Adrian M. Owen, Western University, Canada
  Session 1: Animal models
9:15 a.m. CHIMERA as a translational model of traumatic brain injury
Dr. Cheryl Wellington, University of British Columbia, Canada
9:45 a.m. Metabolomics profiling of brain injury
Dr. Douglas D. Fraser, Western University, Canada
10:15 a.m. Refreshment break
10:30 a.m. Update on concussion, biomarkers and Ontario collaborations
Dr. Andrew Baker, St. Michael’s Hospital, Canada
11:00 a.m. Open discussion
  Session 2: Cognitive Neuroimaging
11:10 a.m. MRI structural and functional changes in concussed bantam hockey players’ brains persist after return to play
Dr. Ravi Menon, Western University, Canada
11:40 a.m. Multi-modal neuroimaging assessment of sport-related concussion
Dr. Timothy Meier, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA
12:10 p.m. Lunch break
1:30 p.m. Neurodegenerative consequences of traumatic brain injury: microglial activation and brain atrophy
Dr. David Sharp, Imperial College London, UK
2:00 p.m. Open discussion
  Session 3: Sports
2:10 p.m. The biomechanics of brain trauma and injury
Dr. Blaine Hoshizaki, University of Ottawa, Canada
2:40 p.m. The use of exercise in the evaluation and treatment of concussion
Dr. John Leddy, University of Buffalo, USA
3:10 p.m. Refreshment break
3:25 p.m. Sport-related concussion and repetitive head impacts: What do we know and what do we need to learn?
Dr. Thomas McAllister, Indiana University, USA
3:55 p.m. Psychological symptoms in athletes post-concussion
Dr. Carrie Esopenko, Rutgers University, USA
4:25 p.m. Open discussion

4:35 p.m


5:20 p.m..

PubIic session: Is there a concussion crisis?  Traumatic brain injury and the future of hockey
Silent suffering and head injury: Why athletes stay quiet and what we can do to help
Ms. Hayley Wickenheiser, Canadian hockey star and four-time Olympic gold medallist

Panel discussion
Ms. Hayley Wickenheiser, Mr. Ken Dryden, PC, OC, Dr. Barry D. Jordan, and Dr Brian Levine

5:45 p.m. Moderated poster session


8:30 a.m. Opening Keynote
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: myth or reality?
Dr. Barry D. Jordan, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, USA
  Session 4: Aging/Dementia
9:15 a.m. Neuropathology of multiple concussions
Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati, The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada
9:45 a.m. Brain aging and neurodegenerative disease in retired professional ice hockey players
Dr. Brian Levine, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences
10:15 a.m. Refreshment break
10:30 a.m. In search of biomarkers for chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Dr. Carmela Tartaglia, Toronto Western Hospital, Canada
11:00 a.m. Open discussion
  Session 5: Children
11:10 a.m. The prevention of concussion in youth sport and recreation
Dr. Carolyn Emery, University of Calgary, Canada
11:40 a.m. Predicting the outcomes of mild traumatic brain injury in children and youth
Dr. Keith O. Yeates, University of Calgary, Canada
12:10 p.m. Lunch break
1:30 p.m. Neuroplasticity in pediatric TBI: Imaging-based evidence for resilience and vulnerability
Dr. Elisabeth Wilde, University of Utah, USA
2:00 p.m. Open discussion
  Session 6: Clinical and Rehabilitation
2:10 p.m. Integration of findings from animal models of blast-induced neurotrauma and clinical assessments
Dr. Ibolja Cernak, University of Alberta, Canada
2:40 p.m. General circuit mechanisms underlying recovery from severe brain injuries
Dr. Nicholas D. Schiff, Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, USA
3:10 p.m. Advancing evidence-based practice: defining rehabilitation treatments in terms of their active ingredients
Dr. John Whyte, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, USA
3:40 p.m. Open discussion
3:50 p.m. Closing Keynote
Concussions and hockey: No head hits - no excuses
Mr. Ken Dryden, PC, OC, Hockey Hall of Famer, author of Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future of Hockey, and Baycrest board member