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Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion Workshops

Learn from leading clinicians and researchers about the assessment and treatment of traumatic brain injury and concussion. Two workshops will run concurrently, one focused on children and one on adults. 

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018

8:00 a.m. Registration & breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Pre-conference workshops

WORKSHOP A: Traumatic Brain Injury in Adults: Advances in Assessment and Management 

This session brings together international experts who are clinicians and scientists to discuss evidence-based approaches to managing difficulties that often follow traumatic brain injury.  The session covers approaches related to functional independence, mood, cognition and vestibular-ocular disorders. Content will be of interest to a wide range of health professionals including those in medicine, neuropsychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work and speech-language pathology.


  1. Describe cognitive, mood, and vestibular-ocular difficulties commonly associated with traumatic brain injury
  2. Understand the application of relevant assessment and intervention approaches to these impairments including the use of the ONF-INESS App
  3. Discuss the implications of current clinical research related to these impairments for their clinical practice

Organized by Dr. Deirdre Dawson, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest


9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. Using the new ONF-INESS guidelines to inform management of cognitive impairment after TBI
Dr. Mark Bayley, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Canada
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Integrating smart-home technology and cognitive intervention principles to facilitate everyday life independence
Dr. Nathalie Bier, Université de Montréal, Canada
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Managing mood disorders in adults with TBI: Pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches
Dr. Nora Cullen, West Park Hospital, Canada
2:00 p.m. Managing emotional dysregulation in adults with TBI
Dr. Dawn Neumann, University of Indiana, USA
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Assessment and management of vestibular-ocular-motor disorders following concussion in adults
Dr. Anne Mucha, University of Pittsburgh, USA
4:15 p.m. Wrap-up discussion & closing


WORKSHOP B: Pediatric Concussion: Approaches to care and clinical research

This session will provide attendees with instruction and insight specific to diagnosing and managing pediatric concussion, along with updates on the latest supporting research. With presentations by some of Canada’s leading pediatric concussion clinician scientists, this session will focus on approaches to care and research while considering time since injury (diagnosis to persistent symptoms rehabilitation) and the involvement of a range of health professionals (medicine, neuropsychology, physical therapy and occupational therapy).


  1. Understand the lived experiences of children, youth, parents, schools and sport organizations impacted by concussion
  2. Provide instruction on clinical approaches to concussion diagnosis and management, along with exposure to supporting research
  3. Provide overview of current clinical research exploration and findings in pediatric concussion

Organized by Dr. Nick Reed, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital


9:00 a.m. Introductions and context
9:20 a.m. Lived-experience panel
Youth, parents, schools and sport organizations affected by concussions
10:20 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Initial assessment and early management of pediatric concussion
Dr. Shannon Bauman, Medical Director of Concussion North, Canada
11:30 a.m. Concussion in sport: Cervical spine and vestibular considerations
Dr. Kathryn Schneider, University of Calgary, Canada
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. To test or not to test, that is the question: Neuropsychology’s role in managing pediatric concussion
Dr. Keith Yeates, University of Calgary, Canada
2:15 p.m. Active rehabilitation after concussion in children: what does the evidence tell us?
Dr. Isabelle Gagnon, McGill University, Canada
3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Returning to life following concussion
Dr. Carol DeMatteo, McMaster University, Canada
4:30 p.m. Wrap-up discussion & closing