Why Does Concussion Affect Men Differently Than Women?

June 12, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE)Event website

here is increasing concern in the military and sports medicine communities that concussive events may have different effects on men compared with women. Controversy exists regarding the risk and prevalence of hypogonadism following concussion or more severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), possible neuroprotective effects of sex hormones and the potential benefits of treating men with TBI with the female sex hormones progesterone or estrogen. This webinar will address the pathophysiologic and neuroendocrine responses to concussion and more severe brain injuries, recovery patterns for men and the clinical evidence regarding hormone therapy after TBI.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the different effects of TBI on long-term quality of life depending on gender
  • Articulate the importance of post-traumatic multidisciplinary rehabilitation that is sensitive to gender issues
  • Discuss the prevalence of hypogonadism after TBI
  • Relate the clinical evidence regarding the use of hormone therapy after TBI

Janet P. Niemeier, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor and Senior Director of Research
Carolinas Rehabilitation
Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, N.C.

Amy K. Wagner, M.D.
Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Associate Director, Rehabilitation Research
Safar Center for Resuscitation Research
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa.

For more information and to register: http://www.dcoe.mil/Training/Monthly_Webinars.aspx

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