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Conference to tackle football concussions from different perspectives

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Experts in the fields of neurology, law, biomedical engineering, history, and other fields, as well as professional football players themselves, will gather this weekend to discuss football and head trauma at a Duke conference this weekend. “Head trauma in football: Implications for medicine, law, and policy” will be held in room 3037 of the Duke Law School on  Saturday, February 17. The conference will kick off Friday night with a screening of the documentary Requiem for a Running Back followed by a conversation with the filmmaker Rebecca Carpenter, from 6:30-8:45 p.m. in the Nasher Art Museum. This event is open to the public.

Saturday’s events will include the following discussions:

  • 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. - On the Role of Football in the Culture and the Culture of Football - Charles Clotfelter, PhD (Public Policy), Laurent DuBois, PhD (History)  Doriane Lambelet Coleman, JD (Law)
  • 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. - On the Science and Management of Head Trauma - Joel Morgenlander, MD and Cameron “Dale” Bass, PhD (Biomedical Engineering), Paul Haagen, JD (Law)
  • 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Implications for Medicine, Law, and Policy - Harry Carson (NFL), Jason Luck, PhD (Biomedical Engineering), Philip Rosoff, MD (Clinical Bioethics, Pediatrics) and Don Taylor, PhD (Public Policy)

Read DukeToday’s story on the conference here. The Herald-Sun also published a story on the subject, which you can read here.

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