Barry Willer, PhD
Spearker at 2015 NABIS Conference on Brain Injury
Session Title: New Perspectives on Diagnosis and Treatment of mTBI
1. Participants will understand the physiological changes associated with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).
2. Participants will know how to assess someone with mTBI in terms of physiological recovery.
3. Participants will understand how to effectively treat the physiological consequences of mTBI.
Summary: We will describe the metabolic and physiological characteristics of mTBI and provide a definition of mTBI based on a physiological model. We will also describe how we assess those with mTBI with an exercise stress test. We will suggest that exercise intolerance is a biomarker of recovery from mTBI. Our research suggests that physiological characteristics of mTBI include poor regulation of cerebral blood flow during stress. We will describe our research and the research of others that support the physiological model of mTBI.
Current Company Affiliation: University of Buffalo
Speaker Bio: Barry Willer has a PhD in Psychology and is a Professor at the University at Buffalo. He was lead author of the first return to play guidelines after concussion for the International olympics and was a major player in the development of return to duty guidelines for the US Department of Defence. Dr. Willer has over 100 peer reviewed publications and two books. He is co-founder of the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test and an international leader in research on the physiology of concussion and mTBI.