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Leading experts questioned on sport and long-term brain injury

5 March 2021

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee examines the strength of scientific research to link head trauma in sport with brain injury such as dementia 


Tuesday 9 March, virtual meeting

At 10.00am

  • Professor Willie Stewart, Consultant Neuropathologist, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Craig Ritchie, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

At 11.00am

  • Richard Oakley, Head of Research, Alzheimer’s Society
  • Peter McCabe, Chief Executive, Headway
  • Dr Michael Grey, Reader in Rehabilitation Neuroscience, UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum

MPs question leading experts, consultant neuropathologist Professor Willie Stewart, who acts as adviser to World Rugby on concussion, and neurodegenerative disease specialist Professor Craig Ritchie about the incidence of disease among professional players, how risks might be mitigated, and dangers for younger people involved in sport.

The Committee also explores calls for changes to be made in sport and the role of national governing bodies with research and support charities Headway, the Alzheimer’s Society and the charity, UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum.

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