Thursday October 18

Navigating the Trends of Brain Injury

Key Note Speaker – Corrections Services Canada (Speaker to be announced)

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

Cannabis 101 & Brain Injury – Sabrina Ramkellawan – Founder and CEO, Canadian Institute for Medical Advancement

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

Performing Music as Part of the Journey of Recovery – Dan Washburn & Mary Ellen Thompson PhD, Speech-language Pathologists – 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

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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

Persisting symptoms following pediatric concussion: Prevalence, impact and approaches to care – Nick Reed, PhD, Clinical Scientist Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital Concussion Centre

Cervical Spine and Vestibular/Balance Considerations – Kathryn Schneider – 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 – Dr. 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 Assocaition of Naturopathic Doctors

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

* Program is subject to change.