The Center Foundation Presents Brain Trust 2020 Professional Education Conference 


The Center Foundation, a Central Oregon nonprofit dedicated to providing sports medicine services to high school students, is pleased to announce the return of its professional education conference. Every three years, in collaboration with community partners, The Center Foundation organizes an educational symposium committed to updating the collective knowledge of medical professionals in the Pacific Northwest. This year’s conference, Brain Trust 2020, will focus on best practices in mild traumatic brain injury and concussion management. Brain Trust 2020 will take place May 1-2, 2020 at various locations in Bend.

“The Center Foundation is excited to bring back our professional education conference and collaborate on the best practices in concussion management,” said Sonja Donohue, executive director of The Center Foundation. “These conferences help support our main mission and proceeds will benefit The Center Foundation’s high school sports medicine program.”

Brain Trust 2020 is designed for physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational and speech therapists, athletic trainers and other medical professionals. Attendees will gain knowledge on the management of persistent post-concussive symptoms, updates in research and the latest tools in diagnosing youth sport concussions, an understanding of the role of neurological testing and new thinking surrounding return-to-play and return-to-learn decisions and a review of the latest research in helmet and cap technology for concussion prevention. In addition, the seminar will review adult concussions and issues related to workers’ compensation and motor vehicle accidents. Finally, a review of the latest research on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy — the long-term consequences of head trauma — will also be presented.

The 2020 conference is hosted in partnership with St. Charles Health Center, Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Oregon. Local Central Oregon presenters include Viviane Ugalde, MD and Priscilla Pang, MD, MS of The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research; Sondra Marshall, PhD of St. Charles Health Center; Travis Abele, MD of Central Oregon Radiology Associates; and more. Additional presenters include Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH of Seattle Children’s Hospital; Gerard Gioia, PhD of Children’s National Health System; and others. To view the entire conference agenda and learn more about the presenters, visit:

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