Thursday October 18

Navigating the Trends of Brain Injury

Does brain injury contribute to the risk for criminal behaviour? – Lynn Stewart, Ph.D., C.Psych. Senior Research Manager, Interventions and Women Offenders Research, Research Branch, Correctional Service Canada

Virtual Reality-The virtual world within patient rehabilitation experiences – Alex Theodorou, Founder, Ocutherapy

Cannabis 101 & Brain Injury – Sabrina Ramkellawan –Vice President, TerrAscend

You, Me & A Brain Injury – Melissa & Jason Jirovec 

Performing Music as Part of the Journey of Recovery – Dan Washburn, Professional Musician & Mary Ellen Thompson PhD, Speech-language Pathologist – Brain Injury Association Quinte District

Panel: Exploring the Challenges to Health and Well-being for Women & Girls Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Dr. Angela Colantonio PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.) (researcher): A gendered approach to TBI research
  • Melissa Biscardi BScN, RN -Women & girls with TBI: Implications for the reproductive system
  • Halina (Lin) Haag MSW, RSW (researcher/lived experience): Helping the helpers: Developing a TBI Toolkit for Frontline IPV workers
  • Reema Shafi MA, OTReg. (Ont.) (researcher/service provider): Sex-specific alterations in the brain post-concussion

Surviving the Perfect Storm: – Brain Injury, Mental Health and Addictions – Janelle Breese Biagoni, Cridge Centre Brain Injury Service

Meaningful Activity: Somewhere to Live and Something to Do – Geoff Sing and Bob Embury, Cridge Centre Brain Injury Service


Friday October 19

Evidence-Based Treatment for Persistent Concussion/mTBI

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Guidelines for Concussion/ mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent Symptoms: Introducing the 3rd Edition – Shawn Marshall MD MSc (Epi) FRCPC Division Head Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Ottawa Hospital/ University of Ottawa

Persistent Concussion in Kids: Going beyond symptoms during rehabilitation – Nick Reed, PhD, MScOT, OT Reg (Ont) – Clinical Scientist Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital Concussion Centre

Cervical Spine and Vestibular/Balance Considerations – Kathryn Schneider PT, PhD or BHScPT, DSc, PhD, DipManipPT, Clinical Specialist Musculoskeletal  Physiotherapy, Vestibular Rehabilitation – Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist (physiotherapist and epidemiologist) at the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary.  

Concussion and the Vision Connection – The Role of Optometry in the Village of Post-Concussion Care – Shirley Blanc, B.Sc., O.D. Member of NORA (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association), COVT&R (Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation), and the Ontario Association of Optometrists

Evidence Based Nutritional and Functional Medicine Strategies For TBI and PCS – Paul Hrkal, ND, Chief Naturopathic Doctor, The Pain & Wellness Centre – associated with the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI). Member of the Canadian and Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors

Applying FITTT exercise principles in the management of concussion – Michael Hutchison PhD, RKin – Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Director, Concussion Program, MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic

* Program is subject to change.