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Two of the Nation’s Top Experts to Square Off on Concussions

MAYWOOD, Ill. -  It’s been widely reported in the media that sports concussions and repeated hits to the head cause a progressive brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

CTE is said to cause such symptoms as memory loss, aggression, depression and progressive dementia. But there is debate in the scientific community over this theory. “I don’t think CTE exists,” said Christopher Randolph, PhD, ABPP, a professor in the Department of Neurology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Two of the nation’s leading sports concussion experts will debate the issue Thursday in Chicago during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). The format will be similar to the Obama-Romney presidential debates.

Randolph will debate Robert Stern, PhD, a leading proponent of the theory that sports concussions and hits to the head cause CTE. Stern is co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University.  The program will be hosted and moderated by Aaron Nelson, PhD, ABPP, president of the AACN.

Time:  Noon to 1:30 p.m. Drs. Stern and Randolph will be available for interviews following the debate.

Location:  Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 W. Wacker Drive.

Media:  Please check in with Chris Morrison when you arrive. Her cell phone is (917) 373-8440.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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