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Drs. Anthony P. Kontos, R.J. Elbin, David Okonkwo, and Barry Jordan each give presentations on emerging research in concussion.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the limitations of contemporary brain imaging modalities for diagnosis of concussion
  • Recognize specific strategies for the application of High Definition Fiber Tracking to the understanding of concussion
  • Identify CSF and serum biomarkers which may assist in the diagnosis and assessment of  sports-related concussion
  • Discuss recent findings on concussions and their effects in youth football and ice hockey players
  • Analyze new evidence supporting vestibular and post-traumatic migraine (PTM) clinical trajectories following concussion

Reading Resources:

  1. Fernandez-Miranda JC, Pathak S, Engh J, Jarbo K, Verstynen T, Yeh FC, Wang Y, Mintz A, Boada F, Schneider W, Friedlander R. High-definition fiber tractography of the human brain: neuroanatomical validation and neurosurgical applications. Neurosurgery. 2012 Aug;71(2):430-53.
  2. Shin SS, Verstynen T, Pathak S, Jarbo K, Hricik AJ, Maserati M, Beers SR, Puccio AM, Boada FE, Okonkwo DO, Schneider W. High-definition fiber tracking for assessment of neurological deficit in a case of traumatic brain injury: finding, visualizing, and interpreting small sites of damage. J Neurosurg. 2012 May;116(5):1062-9.
  3. Jordan BD. The clinical spectrum of sport-related traumatic brain injury. Nat Rev Neurol. 2013 Apr;9(4):222-30.
  4. Tierney RT, Mansell JL, Higgins M, McDevitt JK, Toone N, Gaughan JP, Mishra A, Krynetskiy E. Apolipoprotein E genotype and concussion in college athletes. Clin J Sport Med. 2010 Nov;20(6):464-8.
  5. Kontos AP, Elbin RJ, Fazio-Sumrock VC, Burkhart S, Swindell H, Maroon J, Collins MW. Incidence of sports-related concussion among youth football players aged 8-12 years. J Pediatr. 2013 Sep;163(3):717-20.
  6. Kontos AP, Elbin RJ, Schatz P, Covassin T, Henry L, Pardini J, Collins MW. A revised factor structure for the post-concussion symptom scale: baseline and postconcussion factors. Am J Sports Med. 2012 Oct;40(10):2375-84.


Drs. Kontos, Elbin, and Jordan have no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Dr. Okonkwo has financial interests with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Other: Lanx

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.0 contact hour.

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Release Date: 2/12/2014 | Last Modified On: 2/12/2014 | Expires: 2/12/2015

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