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Here is a follow-up on the Gfeller Neurotrauma Symposium that we posted about in December…


We are very excited to announce our non-academic Keynote Address on Saturday will be presented by Merril Hoge. Merril was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played until 1993. He led the team in rushing and receiving in four of his first five years, setting a record in his third year for receptions by a running back. He was the Steelers Iron Man of the Year two years in a row (1989 and 1990) and was named to the All-Madden team in 1989. In 1993, Merril went to the Chicago Bears, where he played for one year until he was forced to retire early due to post-concussion syndrome. At the time of his retirement, Merril had the longest consecutive playing streak in the NFL.

The Second Matthew Gfeller Neurotrauma Symposium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on March 8-9, 2013 is right around the corner. There are a few spots left. We have informed you earlier of some great speakers we have lined up including, but not limited to, Dr. Christopher Giza, Dr. Robert Cantu, Dr. Michael Collins, Dr. Gerry Gioia, and some of our other local, regional, and national colleagues. A final schedule of topics is available on our website. Additional information regarding the event, including a link to register, is available at (click on “TBI Symposium” in the header). A direct link to register for the meeting is as follows:

Healthcare Providers & Researchers (PhD, MD, ATC, CAT(C), RN, etc): $175 

Students (doctoral, graduate, undergraduate): $75 (*The Matthew Gfeller Center is committed to fostering student professional development. All students will be immersed in the general session along with certified professionals).

The meeting will be held in the new Blue Zone on the Concourse Level of the new Loudermilk Center for Excellence, located at Kenan Stadium in the heart of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The symposium will provide researchers, physicians, athletic trainers and therapists, and other allied health care professionals with a comprehensive overview of the management of brain and spine injuries in sports. We will accomplish this by providing current concepts in research by world-renowned clinicians and researchers, practical-based approaches to patient care, and open panel discussions to foster an interactive learning environment.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. and the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers and Certified Athletic Therapists, respectively. This symposium is eligible for 12.5 CEUs towards BOC requirements, and 4.8 CEUs toward CATA requirements. With very high costs and a low demand following our last meeting, we have decided not to offer CMEs for physicians.

If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. If there are any college basketball fans among the membership, UNC plays host to Duke the night of March 9. The campus will be abuzz with excitement! We hope to see you there, and appreciate you sharing this information with all your non-CATA colleagues.

Thank you on behalf of everyone in the Matthew Gfeller Center,

Jason P. Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC

Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Co-Director, Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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