Elon BrainCARE Symposium to highlight women in concussion science and management

The Elon BrainCARE Research Institute will host its sixth annual symposium on Thursday, March 7.


Elon will host the 6th annual BrainCARE Symposium on Thursday, March 7, with this year's gathering to highlight the role of women in concussion science and research. 

Sponsored by the Elon BrainCARE Research Institute, the annual symposium brings together student and faculty researchers who focus on mental health and concussions in student-athletes. In honor of International Women’s Day, this symposium is dedicated to featuring top women scholars and practitioners doing the science and management of sport concussions and related issues in this important field.

The event will run from 12:30 to 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Please see www.elon.edu/braincare for most up-to-date information concerning this symposium.


12:30 to 2 p.m.

Lauren Brown '17, BrainCARE, Exercise Science and Women’s Basketball alumna. Completing her master's degree at the University of Georgia. Brown has been accepted to the Medical College of Georgia for Fall 2019 and has served Elon Youth Trustee.

Hannah Daly & Veronica Mondaca (Elon); "The Role of an Athletic Trainer on a Sports Medicine Team"
Melissa Bowie (Moses Cone); "The Role of a Speech Language Pathologist in Concussion Management"
Heather Colleran (N.C. A&T State University); "The Role of a Nutrition and Sports Dietitian in Concussion Management"
Alanna Conder (Carolina Neuropsychological Services); "Management of Protracted Post Concussion Syndrome:  Return-to-Learn and Post-Traumatic Headache Treatment Guidelines"

2 to 2:30 p.m.

Women scientists in training from Elon University, Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will present their work on concussion science and management.

2:30 to 4 p.m.

Kelsey Evans '13, a BrainCARE, exercise Science and women’s basketball alumna. She completed a master's degree in exercise science at Georgia Southern and is a third-year medical student at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Caroline Ketcham (Elon); "Barefoot and Unbalanced: Neuromotor System and Concussion Assessment"
Donna Duffy (UNCG); "Female Athletes and Head Trauma:  What We Know and What We Need to Know"
Jillian Urban (Wake Forest University); "Combining Engineering and Public Health to Improve Sport Safety for Youth Athletes"

4 to 4:15 p.m.

Keynote Speakers Session
4:15 to 6 p.m.

Katherine Arbogast '19, Exercise Science Major, BrainCARE Research Student, Track and Field Student-Athlete. Arbogast will be attending Duke University Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Fall 2019.

Johna Register-Mihalek (UNC); "Concussion Prevention & Treatment: The Next Frontier"
Kristy Arbogast (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia): “Pediatric Concussion: Who? How? What?”