03/10/2005

Neurosurgeons, Trainers to Discuss Injuries

Orlando Conference Co-Sponsored by WVU, Allegheny General

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Julian Bailes. M.D., chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at West Virginia University, is the co-director of the fifth annual Sports Medicine and Neurotrauma Review, Friday through Sunday (March 11-13) at the Portofino Bay Hotel, Orlando, Florida.

The yearly gathering, which attracts neurosurgeons, sports trainers and others involved in on-field and long-term care of injured athletes, is sponsored by the Department of Neurosurgery at Allegheny General Hospital, in cooperation with West Virginia University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.

A leading speaker this year will be ESPN football analyst Merril Hoge.  Post-concussion syndrome forced this successful NFL running back to retire prematurely from football. He will share with the health professionals his first-hand story of the challenges resulting from his injuries. Hoge will speak at noon Saturday, March 12.

Other speakers include neurosurgeons, neurologists, researchers and brain injury specialists from more than 10 leading universities and sports trainers from the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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