Western University hosts See the Line concussion symposium August 16

Five-time Olympic medalist Hayley Wickenheiser will join an all-star lineup of athletes including Honorary Chair Eric Lindros, San Jose Sharks Centre Logan Couture and Western’s Women’s hockey assistant coach Kalley Armstrong to promote education, awareness and research related to concussion in sport as part of See the Line at Western University on August 16.

Earlier in the day, Hayley Wickenheiser and Eric Lindros will tour the leading-edge research facilities at Western University’s Robarts Research Institute to get an up-close look at how scientists are using imaging to study the brains of hockey and rugby players and what that can tell us about diagnosis and treatment for concussion.

Hosted by Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, See the Line is a collaborative, 10-year initiative that seeks to educate athletes, coaches, parents and the broader community about the serious impact of concussions. It aims to shift the culture around concussion in sport, reduce the incidence of concussion and improve care through research.

Since 2013, thousands of medical and health professionals, athletes, coaches and community members have attended See the Line events, which include a continuing medical education seminar and a Community Symposium featuring an athlete panel discussion, moderated this year by Ron MacLean, host of Hometown Hockey and Hockey Night in Canada


The afternoon symposium will also include presentations from world-renowned concussion researchers and experts including Chris Nowinski, PhD, co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through education, policy and research. Nowinski is also the co-founder of the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, which studies the degenerative brain disease associated with brain trauma.


Media are invited to attend the research tour and the community information symposium portion of the event. Please RSVP to Crystal Mackay (contact information below) to confirm your attendance and to arrange for interviews



10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. ATHLETE RESEARCH TOUR – Robarts Research Institute, Western University

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. SEE THE LINE COMMUNITY INFORMATION SYMPOSIUM – Natural Sciences Centre, Rm. 145, Western University

1:00 p.m. – Welcoming Remarks: Honorary Chair Eric Lindros
1:05 p.m. – Dr. Kathryn Schneider, Assistant Professor, Clinician Scientist, University of Calgary
1:35 p.m. – Dr. Chris Nowinski, co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation
2:00 p.m. – Dr. Michael Strong, Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
3:10 p.m. – Hayley Wickenheiser, 5-time Olympic Medalist, Women’s Hockey

3:35 p.m. – MODERATED ATHLETE PANEL with Ron MacLean, host, Hometown Hockey and Hockey Night in Canada

MEDIA CONTACT: Crystal Mackay, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, t. 519.661.2111 ext. 80387, c. 519.933.5944, crystal.mackay@schulich.uwo.ca @CrystalMackay

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