As recently as 10 years ago, concussions were dismissed as minor medical events; whether a person fell at home or work, were in a car accident or were hurt playing sports. Times have changed. All you have to do is read the news headlines to know that concussions are now regarded as a major public health problem.
Today we know that a concussion is a brain injury. Sustaining multiple concussions can result in long term consequences for some individuals, including a brain condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) which resembles Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease and can lead to premature death. What is not known is how to diagnose the severity of a concussion, and how to provide effective treatment for, or prevent, CTE altogether.
The Canadian Concussion Centre is the world's first program dedicated to a four pronged approach to concussions – research, education, diagnosis and treatment. The project is based at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre at the University Health Network's Toronto Western Hospital, and is led by internationally acclaimed concussion expert, Dr. Charles Tator. The team includes world leaders in brain injuries, imaging, genetics, clinical care, neuropsychology, and psychiatry working together to determine how concussions could affect us all.
The project has several important components:
The Canadian Concussion Centre also runs a 2-night Education and Support Workshop ('When Symptoms of Singer and Multiple Concussions Persist') at the Toronto Western Hospital for individuals recovering from concussion and their relatives and friends. Learn more about the schedule for these 2-night (4 hour) workshops, along with sign-up instructions. For those interested and unable to attend in person, one of our prior workshops is available via video broadcast.