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The Research and Science Behind Brain Injury and Repetitive Head Trauma
Join Dr. Jennifer Hammers, D.O., FCAP, FASCP, forensic pathologist and medical examiner for The Research and Science Behind Brain Injury and Repetitive Head Trauma.

The Science and Research Behind
Brain Injury and Repetitive Head Trauma

Release Date: December 16, 2013
Expiration Date: December 17, 2014

Target Audience
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of primary care physicians, sports medicine physicians, emergency room physicians, neurologists, and other health care professionals who are involved in managing patients with brain injury.

Program Overview
Brain injury is a major cause of death and injury worldwide. Causes can include sports injuries, accidents, falls, violence, and military exposure to war. Researchers from the Brain Injury Research Institute (BIRI) focus on the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and the physiological effects of this condition on the lives of CTE victims and their families. Research indicates that there is a clear link between brain injuries and a number of different serious and debilitating neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. The BIRI aims to educate medical participants, public policy experts, and the public on the profound consequences and dangers of concussions - whether in athletics, the military or other professions.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • define chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
  • identify patients at risk for developing CTE in the future.


Needs Assessment
According to the CDC, 1.6-3.8 million sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur each year. Direct and indirect costs of TBI were estimated at $77 billion in the United States in 2000. Mild TBI (mTBI) is the most common combat-related injury in military personnel returning from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Accreditation Statement
This activity is sponsored by the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Department of Continuing Medical Education and is made possible by a grant from the American Osteopathic Association.

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education has approved this activity for 1 credit of AOA Category 1-A CME credit.

Faculty Jennifer Hammers, D.O. FCAP, FASCP, Forensic Pathologist, Medical Examiner, Office of Chief Medical Examiner, The City of New York.

Faculty Disclosure
Jennifer Hammers, D.O. does not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests related to the content of her presentation.

Contact the Speaker
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Method of Participation and Request for Credit
Registration fee for participating and receiving AOA Category 1-A credit for this activity is $25. During this period December 16, 2013, through December 17, 2014, participants are able to receive credit for completing this activity, by completing the pre-test, watching the video, passing the post-test with 75% or better, and completing the evaluation. Participants will have three attempts to pass the post-test in order to receive credit. You will receive a certificate electronically and your hour will be reported to the AOA.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity contains discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and KCUMB do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the AOA, and KCUMB. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclosure of Commercial Support: This educational activity did not receive any commercial funding.

The following planning committee members do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests related to the content of the activity:

Lisa Cambridge, Brenda Chezek, William Cox, D.O., Beth Dollase, Diane Karius, Ph.D., Carol Kirila, D.O., Richard Magie, D.O., Rance McClain, D.O., Ramon Newman, M.D., Anthony Olinger, Ph.D., Sarah Parrott, D.O., Yelena Pinzur, D.O., Alex Shnyra, M.D., Ph.D., Becky Talken, MBA, Kevin Treffer, D.O.

The following planning committee members and or faculty members have disclosed relevant financial interests:

Gautam J. Desai, D.O., is the Principal Investigator for grants to KCUMB from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, and Novartis. He is a named investigator for grants from AstraZeneca and Salix.

John J. Dougherty, D.O., is a partner in Janos Orthopedics, LLC.

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