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 April 1, 2020.
Cancellations with 50% refund available April 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.

CEU/CME Credit Information

Continuing Education Credits
Participants will earn 10 hours (+1 for Grand Rounds) continuing education credits

The Center Foundation is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers.




Friday, May 1st


Saturday, May 2nd


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

Course Objectives


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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