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April 4, 2023

Canadian Concussion Centre 10th Annual Conference and Public Forum

Event details:
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023 (5:30pm – 8pm) and Friday, April, 2023 (7:00am – 5:00pm)
Location: Hybrid: Zoom & BMO Education & Conference Centre

The Canadian Concussion Centre, is holding its 10th Annual Concussion Research Symposium entitled “Update on Research and Care for the Concussion Spectrum of Disorders” on April 21, 2023.

This year conference themes are:

  1. Prevention of Concussions and its Consequences (Persisting Concussion Symptoms and CTE)
  2. Detection of Concussions and Prediction of Outcomes (Biomarkers)

Research topics for presentation include clinical or experimental projects on Mechanisms of Concussion (e.g. Sports and Recreation, Motor Vehicle Crashes, Falls in elderly, Work-Related Injury, Intimate Partner Violence), Biomarkers, Concussion Policy, Effect of Concussions in Family, Friends, and Caregivers.

The associated Public Forum entitled “Concussions and their Effects on Caregivers, Family, Friends and Colleagues” is on April 20.

To register, please visit:

MARCH 23, 2023

OBIA – Provincial ABI Conference

Event details:
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 to Friday, November 10, 2023
Location: Sheraton Fallsview Hotel, Niagara Falls, ON

The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA), in collaboration with participating community associations, will be hosting the next Provincial ABI Conference, November 8-10, 2023. The conference includes two days of multi-disciplinary educational sessions as well as distinguished keynote speakers.

The Planning Committee of the Provincial ABI Conference is currently seeking submissions from a diverse representation of disciplines, organizations, and experiences for concurrent podium presentations (50 mins). The abstract submission period for this year’s conference will be open from February 6th to April 14th. Abstract submissions must be submitted electronically.

To learn more about the conference or to submit an abstract, please visit:

MARCH 22, 2023

OBI Public Talks: Your Brain Health Series
– Precision Medicine: The Future of Brain Health

This OBI Public Talk features research experts in neurodevelopmental disorders, concussion care, and youth mental health who are working to improve diagnosis and care for both the short term and long term. The talk will explore current research into the underlying biology of brain disorders and the exciting biomarker discoveries that the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) and its partners are uncovering that moves us closer to individualized treatments.

Event details:
April 19, 2023
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM EDT
Online event


Dr. Azadeh Kushki, Senior Scientist at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and an Associate Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto

Dr. Andrée-Anne Ledoux, Scientist at the CHEO Research Institute and Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine & the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa

Dr. Peter Szatmari, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry (Temerty Faculty of Medicine) at the University of Toronto and Senior Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children

For more information and to register, please visit –

DECEMBER 6, 2022

The December issue of the OBIA Review is now available online, to access please click on the following link:

OBIA Review is a digital magazine produced by the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA). The digital magazine consists of the thoughts and opinions of Ontario’s leading health managers, academics and clinicians. The OBIA Review aims to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments and advances in brain injury research, rehabilitation and legislation.

If you would like to see previous issues of the OBIA Review, please visit the OBIA website at the following link:

OCTOBER 5, 2022

This past Rowan’s Law Day, HeadsupCAN and Peterborough Athletics Concussion Awareness (PACA) partnered to produce a new Concussion Education Docuseries. In developing the series they interviewed 18 different sport stakeholders (athletes, students, teammates, teachers, coaches, parents, doctors, researchers, etc.).

This series addresses four important aspects of concussions in sports: Recognize, Remove, Manage & Prevent.

To view this concussion education resource please click on the following link:

Please also check out the HeadsupCAN and PACA website’s to learn more:


Peterborough Athletics Concussion Awareness

SEPTEMBER 26, 2022

Concussion Awareness Week

Concussion Awareness Week, established in 2021, was organized to increase concussion awareness by providing information and encouraging action in communities across Canada. Concussion Awareness Week is for everyone with a role in sport and recreation including: participants, parents, coaches, organizers, educators and more.

This year’s Concussion Awareness Week will be taking place from September 25th to October 1st. This week includes Rowan’s Law Day which occurs annually on the last Wednesday of each september.

For more information on Concussion Awareness Week please visit: 2022 FPT Concussion Awareness Week Toolkit

For more information on Rowan’s Law Day please visit: Rowan’s Law Day

AUGUST 31, 2022

OBI Public Talks: Your Brain Health Series
Dimensions of Care

Community care is a key factor in supporting brain health. Learn about its different forms and how you can help shape the future of care in your communities at the next OBI Public Talk.

Event details:
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Location: Online event

Denis Boileau, Executive Director of Vista Centre Brain Injury Services
Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best, Assistant Professor, McMaster University, and Project Manager for the Black Health Alliance’s Pathways to Care Project
Katelynn Thibert, Member of the Board of Directors for Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario, Probation/Parole Officer, and an advocate for her eldest son who lives with epilepsy

To Register please visit –

AUGUST 10, 2022

Detecting Concussions Using Objective Indicators

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is now accepting proposals for the challenge they presented titled Detecting concussions using objective indicators. The PHAC is searching for a technology, procedure or technique that provides the means to detect concussions based on the objective measure of clinical indicators.

Through partnership with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, outcome-based funding will be provided to Canadian businesses to support innovations related to detecting concussion.

The deadline for submission is September 12, 2022 14:00 ET

For more information regarding this challenge please email or visit

JUNE 1, 2022 – JUNE 29, 2022

The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) and Headsup Concussion Advocacy Network (HeadsupCAN) have developed five multi-media podcasts that will be released throughout June as part of Brain Injury Awareness Month

Episodes will be led by a leading expert in the field and consist of a group of individuals who have sustained brain injuries discussing their experiences in a safe and supportive environment

The entire podcast series can be found at:

MAY 25, 2022

JOIN US for the next Research Connections seminar on Tuesday, May 31st at 12pm for A Focus on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) with: 
Dr. Anne Wheeler (Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health)
Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati (Staff Neuropathologist, Department of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine, Associate Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health)

An open discussion with panelists will follow the talks: 
Dr. Anne Wheeler: White matter changes from mild TBI and attention deficits
Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati: Neuropathology of mild TBI beyond chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 915 9565 2168
Passcode: 733960

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