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Science Cafe: Concussions – Changing the Conversation

  • Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Concussions have become a hot topic in recent years. It’s hard to turn on the TV without hearing about someone being injured, and it can be scary. While the increased awareness is a good thing, the lack of answers can create anxiety. In this presentation, the staff of WakeMed Concussion Program will separate common concussion misunderstandings from what the experts actually recommend (hint: you DEFINITELY shouldn’t be sitting in a dark room!). Concussion treatment has come a long way, and there is no “one size fits all” approach. During this presentation, you will learn about what a concussion really is (what’s going on in the brain, anyway?), as well as what you can do to help yourself if you get one.

About our speakers

Paul Cohen, PsyD, is a clinical neuropsychologist at WakeMed Concussion Program. Dr. Cohen received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Loyola University Maryland, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Sports Medicine Concussion Program. He has worked with over 4,000 athletes, ranging from children to NFL players and Olympians, and developed a passion for helping patients with evaluation and management of concussion. Dr. Cohen has published multiple papers on concussion recovery, and been an invited speaker at local and national conferences and meetings.

Brandon Schoonover, PA-C is a Physician Assistant at WakeMed Concussion Program. Mr. Schoonover joined WakeMed in 2011, and has been involved with WakeMed Concussion Program since its inception. Prior to earning his degree, he worked as an Athletic Trainer and helped treat a variety of sports-related injuries, including concussion.



May 30, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Daily Planet Cafe

Nature Research Center
121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Katey Ahmann