Grand Alliance Concussion Conference: A New Era of Scientific Collaboration

Madison, WI US
April 24, 2019

Conference Description

The NCAA Sport Science Institute and U.S. Department of Defense, in partnership with the Big Ten Conference and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, are pleased to present the third annual Grand Alliance Concussion Conference: A New Era of Scientific Collaboration. The conference will build on the first two sport-related concussion conferences hosted in partnership with the Pac-12 Conference and the University of California-Los Angeles, and the Patriot League along with the U.S. Military Academy.  During the event, concussion experts and researchers will share preliminary and recently publicized information from the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance, the largest concussion study and educational grand challenge ever conducted. Lectures will be didactic and demonstrative, and there will be ample time for panel discussions, and questions and answers.

Target Audience

This conference is intended for athletic trainers, team physicians, sports medicine clinicians and athletic health care administrators from NCAA member schools, and other key stakeholders who oversee and manage sport-related concussion and repetitive head impacts.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the knowledge gaps in concussion and repetitive head impact exposure.
  • Explain the rationale for developing the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance, which includes the largest, prospective, longitudinal clinical and advanced research study ever conducted in the history of concussion.
  • Identify and understand emerging clinical and advanced research developments in sport-related concussion and repetitive head impact exposure.
  • Identify educational programs and research projects designed to change the culture of concussion safety.
  • Explain how science can transform policy and societal views on concussion and repetitive head impacts.

Elements of Competence

This activity has been designed to change learner competence and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties areas of patient care and procedural skills, and medical knowledge.  This activity also focuses on the interprofessional competencies of communication, roles and responsibilities, and teams/teamwork.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 6.50 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
Registration opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/24/2019 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
04/24/2019 - 4:15pm CDT
8:00 AMWelcome and Introduction
8:10 AMConference Overview, Brian Hainline, MD
8:15 AM

Part 1: Concussion as a Public Health Matter: Global Perspectives

Historical Overview of the NCAA and its Place in Society, Chad Hawley

The NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: NCAA Perspective, Brian Hainline, MD

The NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: DoD Perspective, Elizabeth Fudge, MPH, MN, FNP

Addressing the Knowledge Gaps of Concussion, Retired Col. Dallas Hack, MD, MPH

9:00 AM

Part 2: Defining and Staging Concussion

Concussion Definitions: Past, Present and Future, LaGwyn Durden, ATC

Concussion Pathophysiology: Functional and Neuropathological Considerations, Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD

Concussion Biomechanics: Addressing Multiple Moving Forces, Tom Talavage, PhD

Concussion Subtypes, Capt. Scott Pyne, MD

10:00 AMBreak
10:15 AM

Part 3: Shaping the Future of Concussion Knowledge and Policy: The NCAA DoD Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium

The NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: Advancing the Science and Changing the Culture of Concussion, Thomas McAllister, MD

Emerging Information from the NCAA-DoD Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium

Longitudinal Clinical Study Core, Steve Broglio, PhD, ATC

Advanced Research Core, Thomas McAllister, MD

The Role of the Service Academies in CARE: Lessons Learned and Best Practices, Retired Col. Paul Pasquina, MD

Concussion Management Concepts Unique to the U.S. Military Academy, Lt. Col. Benjamin Ingram, MD, FAAFP

12:00 PMLunch
1:00 PM

Part 4: Concussion Management Considerations

The Unique and Evolving Role of the Athletic Trainer in Concussion Diagnosis and Management, Michael Moll, ATC

Mental Health and Concussion, Claudia Reardon, MD

Concussion in Female Athletes, Tracey Covassin, PhD

1:45 PMBreak
2:00 PM

Part 5: How We Are Changing the Culture of Concussion Safety

NCAA-DoD Mind Matters Challenge; Overview - Emily Kroshus, ScD, PhD

Emerging Research Challenge Results, Dee Warmath, PhD

Service Academy-Specific CARE Data, Kathryn Van Pelt, PhD, Kenneth Cameron, PhD, MPH, ATC, FNATA

3:00 PM

Part 6: Translating Emerging Science into Policy

Francis Shen, JD, PhD, Tory Lindley, MA, ATC, David Klossner, PhD, Katherine Lee, ANP/CNRN, Brian Hainline, MD (Moderator)

3:30 PM

Part 7: Point-Counterpoint

Emerging Concussion Diagnosis and Management Guidelines: Where to Turn, Tracie Lattimore, MSN, NP-C, Tracey Covassin, PhD, Brian Lund, ATC, Retired Col. Dallas Hack, MD, MPH (Moderator)

Variances Between Student-Athlete and Non-Student-Athlete Cadet Return-to-Activity, Steve Broglio, PhD, ATC, Col. Sidney Hinds, MD, Retired Col. Paul Pasquina, MD, Retired Col. Dallas Hack, MD, MPH (Moderator)

4:10 PMConcluding Remarks, Brian Hainline, MD


University of Wisconsin Discovery Building
330 N. Orchard Street
Madison, WI 53715
United States

Steve Broglio, PhD, ATC

Kenneth Cameron, PhD, MPH, ATC, FNATA

Tracey Covassin, PhD

LaGwyn Durden, ATC

Elizabeth Fudge, MPH, MN, FNP

Retired Col. Dallas Hack, MD, MPH

Brian Hainline, MD

Chad Hawley

Col. Sidney Hinds, MD

Lt. Col. Benjamin Ingram, MD, FAAFP

David Klossner, PhD

Emily Kroshus, ScD, PhD

Tracie Lattimore, MSN, NP-C

Katherine Lee, ANP/CNRN

Tory Lindley, MA, ATC

Brian Lund, ATC

Thomas McAllister, MD

Michael Moll, ATC

Retired Col. Paul Pasquina, MD

Capt. Scott Pyne, MD

Claudia Reardon, MD

Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD

Francis Shen, JD, PhD

Tom Talavage, PhD

Kathryn Van Pelt, PhD

Dee Warmath, PhD




Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP and the NCAA.  The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements



American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for .65 CEUs or 6.5 hours.








Available Credit

  • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 6.50 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours


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