Brain Trust 2020 The Center Foundation professional education conference

The Center Foundation’s Annual Professional Education Conference

A conference for physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational and speech therapists, athletic trainers and other medical professionals.  Updates in research and latest tools in diagnosing youth sport concussions, management of persistent post concussive symptoms, the role of neurological testing and new thinking on return to play and return to learn decisions. Review of the latest research in helmet and cap technology for concussion prevention. Adult concussions will also be reviewed and issues related to Workers Compensation and motor vehicle accidents. Finally, a review of the latest research on long-term consequences of head trauma, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy will also be presented.

In partnership with: St. Charles Medical Center, O.H.S.U., U of O/C.B.R.I.T, H.D.E.S.D, & O.C.A.M.P.

About the Conference

Every three years The Center Foundation, in collaboration with community partners, hosts an educational symposium dedicated to updating our collective knowledge regarding the recognition, diagnosis, management and prevention of concussions. The last concussion conference, held in April of 2017, included experts from the University of North Carolina and Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. This year's conference plans to build on that knowledge, as well as providing an opportunity for medical professionals from the Pacific Northwest to meet and collaborate on the best practices in concussion management.


Registration will open in early 2020. If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive conference notifications, please contact Shawn Taylor at

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Cancellations with full refund available until March 1, 2020.
Cancellations with 50% refund available March 2 - April 15, 2020.
No refund after April 15, 2020.
* Illness or death in the immediate family are mitigating circumstances considered for refunds, if written request is received no later than ten days after the last day of the conference.

CME/CEU Credit Information

CME credit for physicians
10 hours CME credits available.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of St. Charles Health System and The Center Foundation. St. Charles Health System is accredited by the Oregon Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

St. Charles Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CEU credit for Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers

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This program qualifies as continuing education units approved by the Board of Certification, provider number P563. Full conference 10 CEU.

Certificates of attendance are available for occupational therapists and speech pathologists.


Full Conference (includes Friday evening Speaker Dinner)
Physician Registration (CME) $500
Allied Health Care Provider Registration (BOC CEU) $400

Saturday Seminar Only
Physician Registration (CME) $400
Allied Health Care Provider Registration (BOC CEU) $300

Friday Evening Speaker Dinner Only (for spouses and guests) $60


Friday, May 1st

Seminar 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm, St. Charles Conference Center
Speaker Dinner, Mt. Bachelor Village

Saturday, May 2nd

Seminar 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, St. Charles Conference Center

Certificates will be sent by email once all online assessments and evaluations have been completed.

Course Objectives

Mild TBI Diagnosis and Management ‐ what's the evidence? - Gerard Gioia, PhD
At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the evidence of diagnostic tools for the evaluation of mild TBI in the field and in the clinic.
  • Compare the differences in the management of mild TBI between children and adults.
  • Explain management strategies for children and adults with multiple concussions.
  • Describe the most recent research related to the understanding of CTE.
  • Describe the affective symptoms and conditions associated with mild TBI and make recommendations on how to develop strategies for handling these conditions in the community.

New Research in Mild TBI
- James Chestnut, MD
At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Compare the outcomes of early rehab vs standard care in the management of mild TBI.
  • Develop treatment strategies for patients with persistent vestibular and whiplash symptoms following injury.
  • Compare approaches to children vs. adults and the outcomes in return to school/learn, sports, and work.

Mild TBI Management in Central Oregon
- Viviane Ugalde, MD
At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate and critique the current approaches to mild TBI management.
  • Analyze a practical approach to the clinical examination of mild TBI.
  • Evaluate community outcomes in the management of mild TBI in adults and children.
  • Describe the current understanding of CTE and consider its implication to sports and work.

Title TBD
- Jason Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC
At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the latest evidence regarding helmets and other protective equipment in the prevention of concussions.
  • Distinguish the best on field and secondary assessments tools for the athletic trainer evaluating concussions.

Title TBD
- Johna Register-Mihalik, PhD, LAT, ATC
At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Develop strategies and distinguish the best tools for the prevention and reduction of concussions.
  • Develop educational strategies to improve concussion prevention and care in the local community.

Neuroradiology and Neurosurgical Approaches to Mild TBI
- Travis Abele, MD and Pricilla Pang, MD, MS
At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the indications and ordering guidelines for medical imaging of acute and chronic TBIs.
  • Recognize common findings on CT and MRI in mild TBIs.
  • Describe the latest research and current practices in neuroimaging and neurosurgery.

School Work Accommodations MVA and Workers Comp
- Viviane Ugalde, MD
At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish strategies for utilizing school accommodations to help kids return to the classroom.
  • Consider the litigation challenges associated with the treatment of concussions resulting from MVA.
  • Analyze the evidence related to the recovery from mild TBI.

PT Panel
-  Corrigan, Pittman, Berg, Ahmed
At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Design treatment plans for treating patients with whiplash, neck pain and vestibulocular symptoms.
  • Utilize the buffalo treadmill in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with mild TBI.

Course Materials



Gerard Gioia, PhD
Division Chief, Neuropsychology, Director, Safe Concussion Recovery and Education (SCORE) Program, Consultant for CDC, Heads Up. Children’s National Health System

James Chestnut, MD
Family Practice Sports Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

Viviane Ugalde, MD
Physiatry, Medical Director Concussion Management for The Center Foundation, Bend, OR

Jason Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC
Co-Director Matthew A Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center, University of North Carolina

Johna Register-Mihalik, PhD, LAT, ATC
Professor of Athletic Training and Research Scientist, University of North Carolina

Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH
Pediatrician, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Travis Abele, MD
Neuroradiologist, Central Oregon Radiology Associates

Priscilla Pang, MD, MS
Pediatric Neurosurgeon, The Center for Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research, Bend, OR

Laura Ahmed, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist, Step and Spine Physical Therapy, Bend, OR

Kim Pittman, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist, Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion. Therapeutic Associates, Bend, OR

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