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DCoE Webinar Preview: Can Multiple Concussions Cause Long-term Damage?

By Myron J. Goodman, DCoE Public Affairs on January 07, 2016

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a hot topic lately and providers are taking a closer look at contact sports and whether repeated concussions could lead to CTE. The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury will host a webinar on this topic 1-2:30 p.m. (ET) Thursday.

Until biomarkers are proven for CTE, the disease can only be definitely diagnosed by examining brain tissue after death. More than 150 cases of CTE have been confirmed by autopsy, with the vast majority being athletes in contact sports. Records show these individuals suffered a range of cognitive, emotional, behavioral and motor symptoms.

Thursday’s webinar will address the current diagnostic criterion for CTE and highlight recent findings that support or refute the association of CTE with multiple concussions.

Webinar presenters will explain:

  • Causes of CTE
  • Cognitive, behavioral and neurological signs of the disease
  • Limitations of current literature on CTE
  • Whether the association of multiple concussions with CTE is scientifically proven
  • Potential risks of contact sports such as football and later development of CTE

Anne E. Bunner, Ph.D.
Program Analyst
Research Division
Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)
Silver Spring, Maryland

Donald W. Marion, M.D.
Senior Clinical Consultant
Clinical Affairs Division
Contract support to DVBIC
Silver Spring, Maryland

Katherine M. Helmick, MS, CRNP, ANP-BC, CNRN
Deputy Director
Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) Jan. 14 to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

The award of continuing education credit is limited to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.

Sign up for the webinar today.

Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Collaboration Services to attend the webinar.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email the DCoE webinar team.

Comments (4)

  • Angela Boutte 13 Jan

  • Bonnie Johnson 13 Jan

    Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Collaboration Services to attend the webinar. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN PLEASE?
  • DCoE Public Affairs 19 Jan

    Thank you, Angela. We hope you were able to participate in the webinar. If not, a recording will be available soon in the webinar archives (
  • DCoE Public Affairs 19 Jan

    Thank you for your interest in our webinars! Once you register for the webinar, you will receive instructions and a link to view the webinar as well as a conference call-in number to listen in to the webinar audio.

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