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Tuesday, September 20 • 8:15pm - 9:15pm
KEYNOTE - DR. BENNET OMALU Collision Course: Courage, Accountability, and Fighting for the Voiceless LIMITED

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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, popularly known as CTE, has shaken the sports world to its core, most notably the National Football League and its penchant for offering fans jarring hits and sensational collisions every Sunday from September through February. Dr. Bennet Omalu discovered CTE in Pittsburgh, and has since become a global phenomena, with the recent film Concussion documenting his experience going toe to toe with the National Football League — an organization that fiercely disputed his findings and has found itself at the heart of the controversy. Dozens of football players and other athletes have been diagnosed, multiple have tragically taken their own lives, and numerous analysts believe this condition is not isolated, but an epidemic.

Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of Concussion and writer of the screenplay for the feature film starring Will Smith, will join the conversation with Dr. Omalu for a deep dive into the nature of courage, accountability, and the opportunity to tell the story for those who have lost the ability to tell it for themselves.  

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Jeanne Marie Laskas

New York Times Bestselling Author of "Concussion", University of Pittsburgh
Jeanne Marie Laskas is the The New York Times best selling author of seven books, including CONCUSSION, the basis for the Sony Pictures Golden Globe nominated movie staring Will Smith. She writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and GQ, and serves as the Director... Read More →

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Rasu B. Shrestha, MD

Chief Innovation Officer; Executive Vice President, UPMC; UPMC Enterprises
As Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Shrestha is responsible for driving UPMC’s innovation strategy, serving as a catalyst in transforming the organization into a more patient-focused and economically sustainable system. A cross-functional team collaborator, he is committed to preparing... Read More →
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Dr. Bennet Omalu

Forensic Pathologist
As chronicled in the film Concussion (starring Will Smith), Dr. Bennet Omalu’s story is one of great triumph in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Born in 1968 in Eastern Nigeria during the civil war, his family lived as refugees, his town under constant fire by the Nigerian... Read More →

Tuesday September 20, 2016 8:15pm - 9:15pm EDT
New Hazlett Theater 6 Allegheny Square E, Pittsburgh, PA