Western University experts available to discuss concussions

On December 10, the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee Act (Rowan’s Law), Bill 149, moved one step closer to becoming law in Ontario. Rowan’s Law is named after Rowan Stringer, an Ontario teen who died in 2013 after sustaining multiple concussions. If passed, Ontario will become the first province in Canada to implement concussion-related legislation.

Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Robarts Research Institute have a broad array of clinical, neuropathological, neuroimaging, neurochemistry, neuropsychological and sports medicine experts working collaboratively to look for solutions to concussion.

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Robarts have several experts available to comment on concussion prevention, diagnosis, research and treatment.

Arthur Brown, PhD, associate professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology; scientist, Robarts Research Institute
Areas of expertise: Therapeutic strategies for concussion focused on stopping the ongoing injury driven by inflammation and promotion of nerve growth and plasticity

Greg Dekaban, PhD, professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology; Scientist, Robarts Research Institute
Areas of expertise: Characterizing the cellular inflammatory response in brain injury, identification of targets for anti-inflammatory brain injury therapies

Dr. Lisa Fischer, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine; Director, Primary Care Sport Medicine, Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic
Areas of expertise: Clinical care of athletes with sport concussion, physician education on concussion management, development of post-concussion rehabilitation protocols

Ravi Menon, PhD, professor, Department of Medical Biophysics, Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Canada Research Chair in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Areas of expertise: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultra-high field MRI, visualization of the causes of neurodegenerative processes, including concussion-related processes

MEDIA CONTACT: Tristan Joseph, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, t. 519.661.2111 ext. 80387, c. 519.777.1573, tristan.joseph@schulich.uwo.ca

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