CTE Conference 2016 and 2nd Annual Neuro Huddle

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Thank you to all who joined us at our CTE Conference and Neuro Huddle!

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The CTE Conference 2016: Long Term Impacts of Concussion and Repetitive Subconcussive Trauma is a program hosted by the University of Hawai’i Pathology Residency Program, Department of Pathology, John A. Burns School of Medicine and presented in conjunction with the Second Annual Neuro Huddle. The CTE Conference is funded through the generous support of the Gary O. Galiher Foundation and supported by the Hawai’i Awareness Concussion and Management Program (HCAMP).

Conference Overview and Schedule Available Here

We are grateful and most appreciative of the following expert speakers who participated in our conference this year:

Day 1: Speakers at Medical Conference

RSternRobert Stern, Ph.D.* Dr. Robert Stern is Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Clinical Core of the BU Alzheimer’s Disease and CTE Center (one of only 27 Alzheimer’s disease centers funded by the National Institutes of Health or NIH). A major focus of his research involves the long-term effects of repetitive head impacts in athletes, including the neurodegenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He is the lead investigator of a recently awarded $16 million NIH grant for a multi-center study to develop methods of diagnosing CTE during life, as well as examining potential risk factors of the disease (including genetic and head impact exposure). Dr. Stern’s other major areas of funded research include the assessment and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the cognitive effects of chemotherapy in the elderly. Dr. Stern has also published on various aspects of cognitive assessment and is the senior author of many widely used neuropsychological tests, including the Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB). He has received several NIH and other national grants, has over 250 publications, and is a Fellow of both the American Neuropsychiatric Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He is on several journal editorial boards and is the Chair of the Advisory Council to the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of the MA/NH Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He is a member of the Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee of the NFL Players Association, as well as the medical advisory boards of biotech/pharma companies. Dr. Stern has disclosed that he has a financial interest, arrangement or relationship that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this presentation. *Dr. Stern will also be participating in Day 2 of the conference.

2012_Keene_DirkC. Dirk Keene, M.D., Ph.D.* is Acting Director and Associate Professor of Neuropathology, Adjunct Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, and Director of the Neuropathology Core and Fellowship at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine. Dr. Keene’s clinical emphasis is on age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Keene’s research is focused on combining observational approaches in human brain with experimental models to understand neurodegenerative disease mechanisms and identify therapeutic targets. As Director of the UW Neuropathology Core, he oversees comprehensive human brain tissue banking and state of the art diagnostic and research neuropathology for multiple centers/cohorts including the UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the Pacific Northwest Udall Center, and the Adult Changes in Thought study. Dr. Keene is funded through multiple grants to determine the late molecular and neuropathologic effects of neurotrauma and is a member of the NINDS/NIBIB consensus panel to define the neuropathologic criteria for the diagnosis of CTE. Dr. Keene also directs the graduate level “Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration” course and is actively involved in teaching UW medical and dental students as well residents and fellows in pathology, ophthalmology, neurology, and neurosurgery. Dr. Keene has disclosed that he has no financial interest, arrangement or relationship that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this presentation. *Dr. Keene will also be participating in Day 2 of the conference.

CMacDonaldChristine Mac Donald, Ph.D.* is Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington. She is a clinical research scientist and neuroimaging specialist with particular expertise in advanced MRI methods and the application of these imaging methods to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her current research focus includes advanced neuroimaging evaluation of mild traumatic brain injury in the US military, severe civilian brain injury, and pediatric sports concussion through both ante-mortem and post-mortem imaging methods. These research efforts extend to radiological-pathological evaluations of brain injury as well as whole-body cadaveric imaging for diagnostically-guided autopsy. Dr. Mac Donald has disclosed that she has a financial interest, arrangement or relationship that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this presentation. *Dr. Mac Donald will also be participating in Day 2 of the conference.

BChunBenjamin Chun, M.D.* is the founder of the Kaiser Permanente Sports Medicine Clinic. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine, and a Clinical Preceptor for the University of Hawai’i Graduate Athletic Training Program. Dr. Chun is currently serving as Medical Director for the Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run. He is also an active member of the Kaiser Permanente Hawai’i Regional Concussion Task Force and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Chun has disclosed that he has no financial interest, arrangement or relationship that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this presentation. *Dr. Chun will also be participating in Day 2 of the conference.

JInouye_photo2Jill Inouye, M.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Staff Physician with the Queen’s Medical Center for Sports Medicine. She currently serves as a team physician for Mililani High School. During her sports medicine fellowship in New Mexico, Dr. Inouye served as team physician for the University of New Mexico and for an Albuquerque public high school. Dr. Inouye’s clinical interests include concussions, the female athlete triad, nutrition, sports ultrasound and therapeutic musculoskeletal injections. Dr. Inouye has disclosed that she has no financial interest, arrangement or relationship that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this presentation.

IMG_0403Linnea K. Will, M.D. is the current Sports Medicine Fellow at the University of Hawai’i, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine where she provides care for the UH athletes.  She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota, and completed her residency training in family medicine at United Family Medicine in St. Paul, MN.  Her recent research has focused on fractures in youth soccer players, and the implementation of ACL injury prevention programs among NCAA women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball teams. Dr. Will has disclosed that she has no financial interest, arrangement or relationship that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this presentation.

Day 2: Speakers at Second Annual Neuro Huddle

ESwartzErik Swartz, Ph.D. is Professor and Department Chair of Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and an expert on cervical spine injuries in contact sports like football. Dr. Swartz is a member of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, one of several health and safety committees that advise the NFL Commissioner. Dr. Swartz has been conducting research into the prevention and management of cervical spine injuries in athletes for over ten years. He is presently spearheading two separate HUTT initiatives—the first at UNH is funded by the National Athletic Trainers Association; and the second at four local high schools is funded through a $500,000 grant that Dr. Swartz/UNH received as the winner of the NFL’s “Head Health Challenge.” Dr. Swartz has disclosed that he has a financial interest, arrangement or relationship that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this presentation.

CliffRClifford Robbins graduated from Hamilton College in 2010 with a degree in Psychology. After graduating Hamilton, Mr. Robbins joined the Memory Lab at Harvard University as a Research Assistant working on neuroimaging studies of human memory. An avid football fan, Mr. Robbins joined the Boston University (BU) CTE Research Center in 2012 hoping to help solve the concussion crisis by coordinating several  research studies focused on the long term consequences of brain trauma, including the VA–BU–CLF Brain Bank. While at BU, he authored and co-authored several publications on the long term effects of repetitive brain trauma in athletes. As Educational and Research Program Manager for the Foundation, Mr. Robbins works with a variety of groups to provide concussion education to athletes, parents, coaches, governing bodies, and medical professionals through policy consulting and educational programming. Mr. Robbins regularly speaks on behalf of the Foundation at meetings and symposia around the world.

IMG_1896Glenn Beachy, M.S. is the Head Athletic Trainer at Punahou School in Honolulu; a job that he has held for 33 years. He has the distinction of being the second high school athletic trainer in the state of Hawaii and in 1985 was one of eight Athletic Trainers to found the Hawaii Athletic Trainer’s Association, an organization in which he maintains an active interest. His primary interests are in injury epidemiology and he has published three papers on high school and middle school injuries. Mr. Beachy received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Indiana State University and has been worked with both college and professional athletes participating in all-star events in Hawaii. His passion remains with the secondary school athletes. Mr. Beachy has disclosed that he has no financial interest, arrangement or relationship that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this presentation.

logo-HCAMPHawai’i Concussion Awareness Management Program (HCAMP)
Over the past 5 years, HCAMP has been investigating the concussion problem in the State of Hawai’i. HCAMP provided concussion resources to high schools throughout the state and collected data on concussion rate and management. The objectives of HCAMP are to provide and investigate the use of neurocognitive testing for student athletes and the epidemiology of concussion in Hawai’i high schools. HCAMP also provides evidence based practices in the management of concussion to medical professionals, coaches, student-athletes, parents, and administrators. They actively promote concussion education and awareness to the athletic and education community in Hawai’i.


CTE Conference 2016: Long Term Impacts of Concussion is Hosted and Facilitated by:

DShimizuDavid Shimizu, M.D. – Dr. Shimizu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine, and a pathologist at the Queen’s Medical Center. He has been the Program Director for the University of Hawai’i Pathology Residency Program since 2006, and has also served as Chief of Pathology and Medical Director of the Department of Pathology at the Queen’s Medical Center. He has subspecialty expertise in gynecologic pathology, and has published in that field. Other interests include asbestos-related diseases, graduate medical education, laboratory management, and quality assurance including professional practice evaluation.

Brock Kaya, M.D. – Dr. Kaya is an Associate Professor at the University of Hawai’i, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Associate Pathologist with the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, and Consultant Neuropathologist at The Queens Medical Center.  He is also the Consultant Neuropathologist with the Kuakini Honolulu-Asia Aging study, focusing on neurodegenerative disease and cerebrovascular disease in Japanese-American men.  He specializes in Neuropathology and has authored book chapters and articles in that field.  He was recently the recipient of the Pre-Clerkship Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award for his medical student teaching endeavors.

GGaliherThe Gary O. Galiher Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable trust established to support social issues important to its founder, Attorney Gary O. Galiher. Prior to attending law school at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, Attorney Galiher taught special education for four years at the Haleiwa Elementary School. It was here as a special education teacher that he saw first-hand the ramifications of severe brain injuries and learning problems. When he later learned about the devastating brain injuries suffered by those who had engaged in impact sports, Attorney Galiher felt the same empathy for them. He wanted to do something to make a difference. He has tried to do so by bringing a greater awareness and understanding of this problem to the people of Hawai’i.

Through his Foundation’s support of this Conference, Attorney Galiher is helping to bring together leading researchers and neurologists to share the latest research related to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and to discuss strategies for making sports safer. His goal is to help to educate the Hawaiian community about the serious brain injuries caused by concussive and sub-concussive impacts incurred during sports and about ways to make sports safer. Attorney Galiher sees this as a way to reduce the number of brain injuries in Hawaii.

Attorney Galiher is the founding and senior partner at Galiher DeRobertis Waxman. Since beginning his practice in 1977, he has been a strong advocate for injured clients driven by his compassion for their situation and wanting to make a meaningful difference. He has successfully tried or settled hundreds of cases. He is well known for his work representing those injured by exposure to asbestos and tried the first mesothelioma case in 1982 making landmark case law before the Hawai’i Supreme Court. Attorney Galiher was also appointed as a Special Attorney General to represent the interests of the State of Hawai’i in the complex and innovative Tobacco Litigation which resulted in the State receiving a $1.38 billion settlement.


The Hawai’i Consortium for Continuing Medical Education (HCCME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Hawai’i Consortium for Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

This educational activity is also eligible for a maximum of 10.25 CE credits for nurses, APRNs.

Athletic Trainers are eligible for up to 10.25 Category A Approved Provider CEUs.