Heads Up! A Panel on Concussion

Date: Monday, March 14Print
Time: Reception 5:00 – 5:30  pm, Panel 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Place: Alpert Medical School, 222 Richmond St., Providence, Room 170 (directions)
Audience: Older kids and adults
Availability: 152 seats

Are you an athlete, coach, parent, medical student, or anyone else interested in the latest science on concussion? An expert panel will discuss the newest knowledge about concussion and its treatment.

Come at 5:00 pm for refreshments before the talk!

Robert G. FlandersRobert G. Flanders, Jr. is a former Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, where he served for eight years before returning to practice law in the Litigation Group of Hinckley Allen. His practice focuses on high-stakes, problem-solving engagements involving complex litigation, class actions, government investigations, and arbitration matters across a broad range of dispute areas. He is a member of the Brown University Football Association Board of Directors and the Brown University Advisory Committee on Athletics. He will speak about existing law pertaining to sports-related brain injury.
Curt LaFrance; Photo Credit: Peter GoldbergW. Curt LaFrance, Jr. is Director of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology at Rhode Island Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at Alpert Medical School, Brown University. He studied at Wake Forest University (BA in psychology), Medical College of Georgia (MD) and Brown University (MPH). He trained in Brown’s combined neurology/psychiatry residency and is double boarded. His research is in neuropsychiatric aspects of epilepsy, somatoform disorders and TBI. He is co-editor of Nonepileptic Seizures and co-author of Taking Control of Your Seizures.
Steve MernoffStephen T. Mernoff is Chief of Neurology at Providence VA Medical Center (PVAMC) and is Associate Professor of Neurology (Clinical) at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is a general neurologist specializing in Neurorehabilitation and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and leads PVAMC’s Polytrauma/TBI Support Clinic Team. Dr. Mernoff is an Investigator at the Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology at PVAMC and an affiliated investigator at the Brown Institute for Brain Science and the Normal Prince Neuroscience Institute. He is Clinical Co-Investigator at PVAMC for the Braingate Brain-Machine Interface project. Dr. Mernoff attended NYU School of Medicine and completed his residency in Neurology at Boston University Medical Center (BUMC) and fellowships in Neurorehabilitation, Memory Disorders and TBI at BUMC/Braintree Hospital.
nehaNeha Raukar is Director of the Division of Sports Medicine within the Department of Emergency Medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. The combination of residency training in emergency medicine with further fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine offers a unique perspective towards education, clinical medicine, legislation, and research. She lectures nationally on the diagnosis and treatment of both sports related and traumatic concussions. She is also specifically interested in life-threatening illness and mitigating risk of death in athletes. Her clinical role extends beyond the emergency department and she created the Center for Sports Medicine, an outpatient clinic that serves the community. She has been nationally recognized for her clinical and academic work and was asked to serve on the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine Committee on Concussion in Youth Sports. Follow her on Twitter: @Raukar_Neha
BethWilcoxBethany Wilcox is a Clinical Research Scientist and Instructor of Orthopedics in the Department of Orthopedic Research at Rhode Island Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University in 2013. Her research interests include biomechanics, sports injury prevention, and biomedical instrumentation. Her work has primarily focused on the biomechanics of sports-related concussion, understanding head impact exposure in contact sport athletes, and evaluating gender differences in the incidence and clinical outcome of concussion injuries.