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Keystone Symposium: Clinical and Molecular Biology of Acute and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathies

Keystone Resort, Keystone, Colorado, U.S.A.

26 February – 02 March 2012

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Traumatic brain injury is now widely recognized as a major public health concern. Whether on the battlefield or the playing field, blows to the head can lead to encephalopathies that mimic aspects of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The  suicide of retired NFL star Junior Seau of a gunshot to the chest has many wondering if he, too, suffered from chronic brain damage. According to media reports, Seau’s brain will be examined.

Similar cases were on scientists’ minds when they gathered at Keystone, Colorado, 26 February-2 March 2012 to discuss advances in the study of acute and chronic traumatic encephalopathies. Meeting co-organizer Samuel Gandy enlisted the help of colleagues Soong Ho Kim and Effie Mitsis to prepare summaries of the symposium, and many of the speakers graciously made their slide decks available for the field at large to see.