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Symposium to address research on concussion, chronic pain, autism

National Disease Research Interchange
Posted on: 10 Nov 16

National Disease Research Interchange:



Each year, 1.7 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injury, some 25.3 million adults suffer from chronic pain, and 1 in 88 children are affected by autism spectrum disorders. “From Donation to Discovery: Unlocking the mysteries of brain injury, neurological disease and pain through research with human biospecimens” will bring together the nation’s leading experts in brain research — including two of the real-life physicians portrayed by Will Smith and Alec Baldwin in the movie Concussion — to explore the role of human tissue in advancing neuroscience.



Friday, November 18, 2016

11:30 a.m. - Registration and lunch | 12:15 p.m. - Welcome
12:25: p.m. - Panel on Relief: The Role of Human Tissue in Pain Research
2:00 p.m. - Break
2:15 p.m. - Panel on Impact: Brain Tissue as the Fuel of Scientific Discovery

4:00 p.m. - Keynote speaker

6:00 p.m. - Cocktails | 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Service to Science awards dinner



Logan Hotel, 1 Logan Square, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103



Esteemed scientists, clinicians and leaders of patient advocacy groups.

Speakers and panelists include:

Moderator: Gary Stix, senior editor, Scientific American

Keynote speaker: Bennet I. Omalu, MD, MBA, MPH, forensic pathologist/neuropathologist, San Joaquin County Sheriff—Coroner; chief medical examiner, Bennet Omalu Pathology

Panelist: Julian E. Bailes, MD, chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, NorthShore University Health System; professor of neurosurgery, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Panelist: Karen Kinzle Zegel, president, Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation

For full listing of symposium speakers/panelists visit .



Prior to symposium: Kerri Harvey, NDRI, (800) 222-6347, ext. 216;

On site: Stephen Bouikidis, press liaison, (215) 852-1980;



The National Disease Research Interchange is the nation’s leading source for human tissue, organs and cells for biomedical research. By serving as the liaison between donors and the research community, NDRI is uniquely positioned to support breakthrough discoveries that can affect advances in the treatment and cure of human diseases. NDRI is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 1980, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), public and private foundation and organizations, pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations.

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Last updated on: 10/11/2016

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