The threesome of Amarantus BioScience, Inc. (AMBS), Brewer Sports International (BSI), and Toi Cook Management Group (TCMG) are combining resources to joint host the Coalition for Concussion Treatment (#C4CT) Concussion Awareness Conference in Minneapolis on June 19, 2013 at the Minneapolis Club. The coalition’s objective is to heighten the awareness of significant scientific and medical advances in the field of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) treatment.
Upon being asked to comment on the importance of the conference, Gerald E. Commissiong, President and CEO of AMBS replied, “Traumatic Brain Injuries and their effects on amateur and professional football players are emerging as a rallying point to better understand the brain and how we can improve currently available methods to treat it. We are proud to be among the first to unite the groups directly affected by these issues, in particular current and former professional athletes, with the scientists, physicians and entrepreneurs who will ultimately lead the way in developing solutions to these devastating problems. We believe that by educating athletes on the basics of concussions, and what additional resources are needed to achieve certain critical steps on the road to better treating the brain, we will give all parties a chance to partake in this emerging field of medical research.”
Presentations and panel input will emphasize the following key areas of discussion:
(1) Understanding, scientifically, TBI and its long-term consequences
(2) Review of today’s medical practice and what physicians feel are the most important areas of unmet needs
(3) Translational models in current use and the additional tools required to accelerate research
(4) What innovative approaches are currently under consideration
Jack Brewer, CEO of BSI, points out, “When advising athletes, we frequently get the question of how to deal with concussions as well as the desire to better understand the issue at hand and how to help. As an ex-NFL player, I personally have experienced hundreds of violent collisions throughout my career and have several teammates and friends who suffer the lasting effects of Traumatic Brain Injury. This is a passion of mine and BSI is committed to helping advance TBI research and development. By providing educational opportunities such as the #C4CT Conference, it is our goal to enable those directly impacted to make informed decisions as well as provide tangible investment opportunities surrounding the advancement of research and treatment methods for concussions.”
An advisor to AMBS, Toi Cook, former NFL defensive back and Super Bowl champion, stated, “As a player representative for the entirety of my NFL career, my focus was the welfare and safety of the players. Although the current situation in professional sports regarding concussions is alarming and has raised serious issues, I am encouraged by the fact that we are all now much more aware of the problem and need for solutions. Now is the time to act, and through our work with partners like Amarantus and BSI and with conferences such as #C4CT, we can make a difference and impact lives while maintaining the integrity of sport.”
As with any cause, awareness can be the fuel to generate solutions to what is becoming, some think, an epidemic of significant proportions.That number of some 2,000 former and current NFLers who have sustained concussions is most likely to grow. What is not realistic to think is that you can put a stop to concussions. They are going to happen. But something can be done about how to best deal with the aftermath of such an injury.