I am very excited to inform you and implore you to attend this first of its kind conference. Katherine Snedaker – a good friend and ally – along with her planning committee have done a wonderful job of creating a great place to discuss a subset of this head injury issue.
The International Summit on Female Concussions and TBI will be held a month from now at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. This summit is unique because this will only be about sex and gender-based research on females, from pediatrics to the elderly.
As much as we think we know about head injuries and concussions we don’t know squat, globally. Let alone in one gender over the other; females have been painfully overlooked/lack of attention because most of the noise and spotlight is on male dominated sports. Although, females choose to play many of the collision sports (rugby, hockey, lacrosse) there are other issues we know that impact females differently.
The summit is over two days and will eventually culminate in a consensus statement about female issues surrounding and within the concussion paradigm. This is also going to be a first of its kind, and appreciated at least from me.
The Topics (briefly summarized):
- Menstrual Phase and its impact
- Age and Sex and its impact on symptoms
- Domestic Violence
- Female Soldiers
- Female Sport Concussions
- Concussion Recovery male vs. female
- Female RIO Data
- Clinical Spectroscopy of Female brain
- Return to School
- Social Interactions
- Ice Skaters
- Psychology of Concussoin
- And more
Here are the presenters, moderators and planning committee members (as of this post): Continue reading