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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CFL Hall of Famer and TSN analyst, Matt Dunigan, shares his experience with concussions. Plus, find out why he’s donating his brain to Dr. Charles Tator and the Canadian Concussion Centre.


CFL Hall of Famer Matt Dunigan shares his story, donates brain

Nominate a Peer for an SfN Award

Recognize a colleague for their outstanding work by nominating them for a Society for Neuroscience award​. Nominations for awards in two categories, young scientists’ research achievements, and neuroscientist education and outreach efforts, are due Friday, May 24. Nominations for awards in another two categories, celebrating women in neuroscience, and career achievements, are due Friday, June 7.


The Seventh Annual Concussion Research Symposium: Advances in Concussion Research, including Concussion in Women & Girls will be held on Saturday November 2, 2019 at the BMO Education & Conference Centre, Toronto Western Hospital.

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Douglas H. Smith, Professor and Vice Chairman of Research and Education, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania; Katherine Snedaker, the originator of Pink Concussions; and Dr. Joseph A. Maldjian, Professor of Radiology, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Chief of the Neuroradiology Imaging Research Lab.

Research topics for presentation include the following: clinical, neuropsychological, neuroimaging, biomarkers and neuropathological manifestations of concussion, postconcussion syndrome and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

There will also be two Symposium events on November 1, a focused scientific presentation on CTE and imaging of concussion in the afternoon followed in the evening by a Public Forum entitled Concussion and Mental Health at which there will be a patients’ panel moderated by Katherine Snedaker.

Our Concussion Public Forum​, Concussion and Mental Health will take a place the evening of November 1, 2019, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the BMO Education and Conference Centre at Toronto Western Hospital, 60 Leonard Avenue. Register online or call 416 597 3422 ext 3448.

Concussion Professorship: Dr. Carmela Tartaglia was appointed as the Marion and Gerald Soloway Professor in Brain Injury and Concussion Research on July 1, 2016, the first designated concussion professorship in the world.

Fellowship news: The Allison Project started by Allison Haggart and her family funded the first Concussion Fellow in 2013. Since then, the CCC has trained 6 Concussion Fellows, each for at least one year. The concussion fellows attend the CCC’s Concussion Clinics, and are involved in a variety of concussion research projects. Dr. Carmela Tartaglia is in charge of the Concussion Fellowships. This is the only Concussion Fellowship in Canada, and is designed to enhance the management of patients with concussion by providing an exceptional learning opportunity and research training to trainees. Learn more about the Clinical Fellowship in Concussion opportunity​ PDF Icon.​

Education and Support Workshops: Our free two-night workshops are geared to individuals experiencing persistent post-concussive symptoms, and their families and friends. In order to reach a country-wide audience, we plan to expand, via YouTube, postings of the sessions. Workshops are held quarterly at The Toronto Western Hospital. Learn more about our workshops.

Our Discoveries: New treatments for the concussion spectrum of disorders include psychological measures, such as mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy; pharmacotherapy, for symptoms such as headache; and new devices for screen intolerance. Other targeted symptoms include eye movement disorders, vertigo/imbalance, whiplash and neck strains, sleeplessness, and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.


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