Nation's Top CTE, Concussion Experts to Convene at Boston Precision Health Summit

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Dr. Ann McKee and Dr. Bob Stern from Boston University to Headline Keynote Panel Discussion with Research Advocates Including Ex-NFLers Chris Borland, Tim Fox, Pete Cronan

BOSTON and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Biotech entrepreneur

Kevin Hrusovsky will moderate an expert keynote panel discussion on brain health, including a deep dive into CTE and Concussions on Tuesday, October 24th, day one of Powering Precision Health 2017.

"With all the headlines surrounding CTE and concussions, this panel discussion provides the perfect forum for tackling these issues with evidence-based scientific research," said Hrusovsky. "Over the past 18 months, scientific discoveries have advanced the ability to measure several key digital biomarkers for detecting concussions in blood, including their severity and potential accumulated effect on brain health. In addition, promising early data points us to the possibility of a non-invasive blood test to diagnose CTE in the living.  At the summit, we will explore these advances and potential linkages between concussions and CTE, early onset Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson's, and other devastating neurodegenerative diseases."

"Our research efforts, both to confirm the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma and to develop precision methods for detecting CTE in the living, are greatly supported by this precision health summit," said Dr. Robert Stern, Boston University School of Medicine Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Anatomy & Neurobiology; Director, BU Alzheimer's Disease Center Clinical Core; Director of Clinical Research, BU CTE Center. "The summit not only provides researchers a platform from which to share and collaborate, it helps raise awareness for the vital importance of biomarker research in promoting healthy living and combatting illness and disease."

Keynote Panel Discussion: Understanding CTE and the long-term effects of mTBI, concussions and sub-concussive hits - Implications for children, athletes, military and veterans and their families

The CTE/Concussion Experts:  Ann McKee, MD, Professor of Neurology and Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine. Chief Neuropathologist for the National VA ALS Brain Bank. Director at the Neuropathology Service for the New England Veterans Administration Medical Centers (VISN-1)  Robert Stern, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Anatomy and Neurobiology, Director of Clinical Research, BU CTE Center; Clinical Core Director, BU Alzheimer's Disease Center, Boston University School of Medicine  Ramon Diaz- Arrastia, MD, PhD, Presidential Professor of Neurology, Director of Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Research Center, University of Pennsylvania  Henrik Zetterberg, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurochemistry, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and University College London, UK. Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden  Jessica Gill, PhD, RN, Lasker Clinical Research Scholar at the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Former NFL Players and CTE and Concussion Research Advocates:  Rebecca Carpenter, Daughter of NFL Running Back Lew Carpenter Diagnosed with CTE Post Mortem, Award-Winning Film Producer "Requiem for a Running Back"  Christopher Borland, San Francisco 49er linebacker who retired at age 24 over concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma  Tim Fox, CTE Research Advocate, retired New England Patriots player, suffering neurological conditions from repetitive brain trauma sustained while playing football  Pete Cronan, CTE Research Advocate, former Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins player 

About Powering Precision Health  Powering Precision Health is the nation's first summit dedicated to bringing the world's top physicians, scientists, innovators, investors and patient advocates together to collaborate on the latest research on new biomarkers that are revolutionizing medicine. Founded by Kevin Hrusovsky, the acclaimed thought leader and visionary in life sciences and personalized medicine, PPHS is an executive think tank of researchers and clinicians working together to transform healthcare. Addressing key therapeutic areas including neurology, cardiology, oncology and infectious disease, PPHS unveils groundbreaking approaches for the prevention, early detection and diagnosis, and personalized treatment of disease. Join the movement on social media using #PPHSUMMIT on Twitter @KevinHrusovsky and @PPHSUMMIT, Facebook @PPHSUMMIT, and LinkedIn.

Media Contact: Heidi Creighton, Mobile/Text: 978-302-1198, Email

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