Why Does Concussion Affect Men Differently Than Women?

June 12, 2014; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)


There is increasing concern in the military and sports medicine communities that concussive events may have different effects on men compared with women. Controversy exists regarding the risk and prevalence of hypogonadism following concussion or more severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), possible neuroprotective effects of sex hormones and the potential benefits of treating men with TBI with the female sex hormones progesterone or estrogen. This webinar will address the pathophysiologic and neuroendocrine responses to concussion and more severe brain injuries, recovery patterns for men and the clinical evidence regarding hormone therapy after TBI.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the different effects of TBI on long-term quality of life depending on gender
  • Articulate the importance of post-traumatic multidisciplinary rehabilitation that is sensitive to gender issues
  • Discuss the prevalence of hypogonadism after TBI
  • Relate the clinical evidence regarding the use of hormone therapy after TBI


Janet P. Niemeier, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor and Senior Director of Research Carolinas Rehabilitation Carolinas Medical Center Charlotte, N.C.
Amy K. Wagner, M.D.
Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Associate Director, Rehabilitation Research Safar Center for Resuscitation Research University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa.


Donald Marion, M.D., M.Sc.
Clinical Affairs Senior Advisor Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Silver Spring, Md.

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before June 12, 2014, at 3 p.m. (EDT) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

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