Brain injury conference ahead of the curve

BrainTrust Canada will host its 22nd brain injury conference at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna on May 8.

One of the leading brain injury conference events in B.C. will take place in Kelowna on Friday, May 8.

BrainTrust Canada will host  its 22nd annual brain injury conference at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna.

This is the association’s leading education event, title sponsored by the Pushor Mitchell law firm.

It’s an interactive learning experience for professionals, caregivers and individuals living with brain injury.  This year’s theme is Ahead of the Curve, and will be of interest to those working in clinical, legal or academic settings such as physicians, lawyers, rehabilitation practitioners, educators and counselors.

Leading experts will present on a variety of topics including the relationship between dementia and cognitive decline; concussion management and prevention; rehabilitation and recovery; suicide awareness; and estate planning. The day rate is $125, and registration is through

Leading experts presenting at this year’s conference will include  Cheryl Wellington, a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC speaking on From Brain Injury to Dementia and sharing her leading edge research on Alzheimer disease and traumatic brain injury; Dr. Shelina Babul, associate director/sports injury specialist with the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit speaking on Concussion in B.C.-An Invisible Epidemic and sharing the latest research and new training tool for diagnosis and prevention; Val Lougheed, president of Northern Lights Canada, sharing her moving personal story of nearly dying in a head-on collision; Lyndsay Wells, the public education program coordinator for Vancouver Island Crisis Society/Crisis Line and former RCMP constable speaking on Suicide Awareness and Response after Brain Injury; Melodie Lind, a lawyer with Pushor Mitchell LLP, speaking on tax, trust and estate planning; and local professional speaker, author and life coach Terri Knox on the topic of You’re the Boss of You! speaking about introspection and humor to live each day with purpose and passion.

“Brain injury has been labeled an epidemic. It is the leading cause of death and disability under the age of 44,” said Paul Mitchell, partner with Pushor Mitchell LLP. “Our firm has seen firsthand the devastating toll that brain injury takes on individuals and families, and the significant social costs that can impact society. We applaud the work of Brain Trust Canada in bringing these important messages to the community each year through the excellent range of speakers gathered at this annual conference.”


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