When you’re watching a hockey game or playing sports yourself, do you ever think about concussions? What do athletes or the public think they know about concussions? What do our experts at the University of Toronto say? In our sixth episode, we continue the theme of “Neurotrauma” with a special focus on sport concussions. Tune in to hear Jabir and Richie interview Dr. Andrew Baker, head of the Brain Injury Lab at St. Michael’s Hospital. In this episode, you will also hear Hillary ask U of T students to weigh in on what they know about concussions, and Dr. Michael Hutchison (of U of T’s Concussion Program) emphasize what we need to be cautious about when dealing with a potential concussion, on our new segment, “Life Supply”.
Dr. Andrew Baker is the chief of St. Michael’s Hospital Department of Critical, Medical Director of their Trauma & Neurosurgery Program, a professor in the Departments of Anesthesia and Surgery, as well as scientist at the Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. His commitment to his patients is quite admirable. Dr. Baker’s empathy and compassion for patients has helped learn how to best prepare patients and their families for the worst in critical care. He received the Trillium Gift of Life Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award this year for his momentous contributions to organ donation in Ontario. Leading the Brain Injury Lab at the Keenan Research Centre, his research interests in Trauma & Neurosurgery have also helped the world better understand how traumatic brain injury can be treated and affect the body.
Dr. Michael Hutchison, a colleague of Dr. Baker’s and a postdoctoral fellow at St. Michael’s Hospital, has done extensive work in sport concussions and brain injury. He is also an expert in injury prevention, rehabilitation, neuropsychology, and epidemiology. Dr. Hutchison is the Director of U of T’s Concussion Program as well. This program was initiated in 1999 to establish research and education dedicated to concussions among student athletes. The Concussion Clinic, extension of this program, is open to anyone who may have or has sport or exercise-related concussions. The interdisciplinary nature of both the clinic and program is essential for building better services and treatments to prevent and tackle sport-related concussions in the future. More information on this program and clinic is provided below.
Be sure to visit the Baker lab website to learn more about their various research and clinical programs.