2019 Brain Health & Performance Summit

Wednesday June 5

Day One: Brain Health and Sport: A Focus on Confusion and Mental Wellness

How is new research changing the way we diagnose and treat concussions? How does the timing of physical therapy affect recovery? And how does an emphasis on sports psychology improve the emotional well-being and physical performance of student athletes?

Experts from across the country bring their experience and analysis to the table in this comprehensive examination of traumatic brain injury and mental health.

7:30am - Pre-Function HallContinental Breakfast

8:20amKeynote Speaker - State of Concussion

Kicking off our multi-day exploration of brain health breakthroughs, Micky Collins, PhD, presents the latest methods for assessing and treating traumatic brain injuries, as well as case studies involving both youth and professional athletes, demonstrating multidisciplinary treatment models that healthcare providers can apply in their practices.

Speaker: Micky Collins



1:30pmBreak Out Session

3:15pm"PINK" Concussion - Sex, Gender and Why Both Matter?

The lack of education and awareness about the differences in brain injury between men and women can lead to a patient’s unrealistic expectations of recovery time and an underestimation of the need for support from family, school and the workplace. In medical professionals, this knowledge gap can inhibit diagnoses and appropriate interventions across the care continuum. Katherine Price Snedaker, LCSW, provides a broad overview of these differences, based on current scientific research and her experience working with the thousands of women in PINK Concussions Support Groups. Participants will be able to describe ways brain injuries differ in men and women; articulate factors that can account for sex and gender differences in TBI incidences, severity and recovery; and understand the urgent need to develop better practices in the care and education of women with brain injury.

Speaker: Katherine Price Snedaker, LCSW

4:15pmBrain Chatter: Dialog on Mental Health of the Modern Athlete

What is mental health? Why is it such a hot topic in sport today? How are those in sport affected, and what can we do about it? During this hour-long discussion, a diverse and engaging set of panelists will offer their wide-ranging perspectives on the subject. Covering topics relevant to everyone from spectators to team physicians to professional athletes, Brain Chatter will get you thinking about the state of mental health in sport and your role in it.



5:15pmDay 1 Closing Comments

Speaker: Gail Hogan

Thursday June 6

Day Two: Technology and Analytics

Professionals in nearly any industry can benefit from these presentations on creative problem-solving, dazzling new technology and the ethics of data-gathering.

What is the future of wearable technology? What ethical and legal responsibilities exist when wearables’ health data is collected? How are XR and AI influencing human potential for physical and cognitive performance? And how can “design thinking” improve our problem-solving skills?

7:30amContinental Breakfast

8:45amCognition and Technology

What’s your “connectivity fingerprint,” and how does it determine your potential to learn and perform? We’re discovering how to identify individuals by patterns in their brains (the ways they perform cognitive tasks) and how we can better predict behavior when these individuals are placed in different scenarios.


Moderator: Ruchika Prakash, PhD

9:30amDesign Thinking

What is innovation, and how do we accomplish it? Andrew Chacko, MD, MSE, helps us examine innovation –what it is, what it isn’t – as we delve into processes to bring greater creativity to our problem-solving. Last, we review what it is that’s holding us back from innovating.

Speaker: Andrew Chacko, MD


10:45amFuture of XR in Health Care Disruption

Virtual reality is transforming the healthcare industry, and augmented reality is improving diagnostic accuracy. Tech entrepreneur Will Burrus describes how healthcare providers can now learn more effectively with 360 video immersive training, retaining up to 60 percent more information and with zero risk. Patient care can be transformed with empathetic, fully immersive virtual reality therapies that reduce chronic pain and shorten recovery time after traumatic brain injuries. Immersive technology will disrupt marketing, training, education, simulation and visualization, and it’s time, Burrus says, to think about how to leverage this innovative technology in your organization.

Speaker: Will Burrus

11:30amWhose Data Is It?

The aspects of sports biometrics data has proliferated in the past decade with innovations in wearable sensors and monitoring devices. A key question to consider is who owns this data relative to employer vs. employee, player vs. coach, and performance vs. medical personnel? The presenters and panel established for this discussion topic will include ethical considerations, coaching perspectives, legal aspects, and athlete viewpoints relative to “Whose Data Is It”?

Moderator: Jeremy Abbate


1:45pmBreak Out Session

2:45pmAI / Machine Learning in the Social Space

Adam Russell, PhD, a program manager with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), explores artificial intelligence from a sociological standpoint. AI can be a tool for understanding and maximizing brain health and performance. What does it look like? Where has progress been made? And how far do we still have to go?

Speaker: Adam Russell, PhD

4:00pmCreativity & The Brain

What’s the neuroscience “under the hood” of the conscious mind? David Eagleman, PhD, a neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author, adjunct professor at Stanford University and presenter of the PBS series The Brain with David Eagleman, explores the neuroscience and behavior behind human creativity. As co-founder of the company NeoSensory, we may even get a sneak peek at one of his new projects, the VEST (versatile extra-sensory transducer) that takes in real-time streams of information and maps it to unique patterns of vibrations on the body.

Speaker: David Eagleman, PhD

5:15pmClosing Session Day 2

5:30pm - Olentangy A/BPoster Session

Visit with researchers and their exciting and compelling work during this one-hour session.

Friday June 7

Day Three: Pain and Performance

While an opioid addiction epidemic sweeps the United States, we still face an epidemic of chronic pain, with some 100 million people in some form of pain management treatment throughout the country. How do healthcare providers, researchers and patients work together to find root causes and new, effective treatments for that pain? Internationally respected researchers and clinicians discuss how to give patients their life back through orthobiologics, neuro-visual stimulation, mindfulness and other treatments.

7:30am - Pre-Function HallContinental Breakfast


10:20amBreak Out Session


1:00pmA Balanced Approach to Pain Management

Kurt Kroenke, MD, MACP, is a research scientist whose study focuses on physical and psychological symptoms in medical patients, including pain, depression, anxiety and somatization. Dr. Kroenke will review evidenced-based pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain- management techniques and new care models for pain management, as well as how they intersect with several other practical issues, such as the epidemiology of pain and pain measurement.

Speaker: Kurt Kroenke, MD

2:15pmKeynote Speaker - Cannabis and Pain Management

As more states implement medical cannabis and recreational cannabis policies, there is tremendous interest in the risks and benefits of this polarizing plant. Unfortunately, advocates and detractors alike have been guilty of presenting partial or incorrect portrayals of the science of cannabis. In this keynote talk, Kevin Hill, MD, MHS, reviews common misperceptions about cannabis before covering the latest science, including randomized clinical trials, in the area of cannabis as pharmacotherapy for chronic pain. Preclinical and clinical evidence for cannabis as a treatment for other medical conditions will be covered as well, before Dr. Hill reviews the hypothetical and actual evidence for cannabis pharmacotherapy for psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and psychosis. A Q&A period will follow.

Speaker: Kevin Hill, MD, MHS

3:30pmClosing 2019 Summit

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