Thank you for all the participants for a successful symposium!

Print program: SPOC2016

Keynote presentations:

What is a concussion?
Dr. Martin Raftery, World Rugby, Dublin, Ireland

Dr Martin Raftery is a Sports Physician having been awarded a Fellowship from the Australasian College of Sports Physicians in 1992. He is currently Chief Medical Officer for World Rugby having been appointed in August 2011. Prior to this appointment Dr Raftery was Chief Medical Officer of the Australian Rugby Union from 2004-2011.

Dr Raftery has extensive experience as a Team Physician in elite sport which includes the Wallabies (Australian National Rugby team) from 2002-2008, St George Illawarra Dragons, professional Rugby League team (1990-2006) and the Sydney Kings basketball (1994-98). Dr Raftery was also invited to act as Team Physician for NSW State of Origin Rugby League team in 2011 (Rugby Leagues equivalent to the Super Bowl). In addition, he has also been personal physician to a boxer who held two world titles. Dr Raftery has also worked extensively in private sports medicine practice in Australia since 1987.

Dr Raftery has previously provided injury prevention consultancies to teams within Rugby Union, Rugby League and Australian Football both within Australia and Europe.

Symptoms and recovery from concussion
Prof. Grant Iverson, Harvard University, USA

Dr. Grant Iverson is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, the Director of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Sports Concussion Program, and the Associate Director of Traumatic Brain Injury at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. He leads an internationally recognized research program in two broad areas: (i) outcome from mild traumatic brain injury in athletes, civilians, military service members, and veterans; and (ii) improving the methodology for assessing and identifying mild cognitive impairment. He has published more than 310 empirical articles, reviews, and book chapters.