June 11, 2016 – Drs Joseph Maroon, Julian Bailes and Mark Lovell were awarded the Lifetime Leadership Award for Concussion Research at the Emerging Frontiers in Concussion Conference held this weekend by the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. The annual concussion conference, entitled: Targeted Evaluation and Active Management (TEAM): An Evidence-Based Approach brings together world leaders in concussion research and treatment for a two day meeting to discuss various aspects of concussion.
Both Drs Maroon and Bailes have had long and influential careers as neurosurgeons and thought leaders in the fields of sports medicine and concussion. Dr. Julian E. Bailes is the Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the NorthShore Neurological Institute located in the suburbs of Chicago. Dr. Bailes is a former associate of Dr Maroon who worked for a number of years in the 1990’s with Dr Maroon as part of the neurosurgical consultant staff to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dr Lovell is a PhD neuropsychologist who has contributed extensively in the field of neuropsychological testing and along with Dr Maroon is the co-founder of the ImPACT test. Drs Maroon, Bailes and Lovell were recognized at the meeting by their peers as contributing to the current heighten awareness of the dangers of untreated concussions and the development of concussion treatments that are now the standard of care in this field.
Overview of Topics from Recent Conference
The Emerging Frontiers in Concussion conference focused on trends in concussion care and research from on-field and clinic assessments to targeted treatment pathways based on emerging evidence-based clinical profiles. Topics will include:
- Comprehensive approaches to assessment using symptoms, neurocognitive, vestibular, oculomotor, neuroimaging and other emerging diagnostic assessments
- Emerging concussion clinical profiles including cognitive-fatigue, vestibular, oculomotor, post-traumatic migraine, anxiety/mood, and cervical
- Targeted, active treatment and rehabilitation approaches to concussion including: academic accommodations; exertion protocols; medications; cognitive, physical, vestibular, and vision therapies
- Advances in clinical research on prognosis, risk factors, and long term effects of concussion