Canadian Concussion Centre at Toronto Western Hospital
The Canadian Concussion Centre (CCC) began in 2010 and was Canada’s first multi-dimensional concussion treatment and research centre. The CCC now encompasses four main concussion programs led by a team of seven clinicians and principal Investigators, and includes a multidisciplinary staff of clinicians, researchers, trainees and graduate students. An external advisory Board to the CCC has been in place since the beginning composed of community leaders, clinicians, philanthropists, and some former patients.
The CCC is based mainly at the Krembil Brain Institute at the University Health Network's Toronto Western Hospital. The seven clinicians and principal Investigators are internationally recognized concussion experts and world leaders in brain injury, cognition, imaging, neurodegenerative disorders, pain and mental health working together to improve the diagnosis and treatment of concussions. The CCC aims to enhance understanding and knowledge of the full spectrum of concussion disorders with a specific focus on postconcussion syndrome (PCS), and other major consequences of concussion, such as depression and anxiety and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). At present, the latter condition can only be diagnosed post-mortem. Our MISSION is to identify who is at risk for developing this delayed neurodegenerative disorder associated with multiple concussions, an essential first step in our mission to develop treatment. In summary, we aim to develop mechanism-based treatments to prevent or minimize the enduring effects of multiple concussions.
The Four Main Programs of the CCC
- Multidisciplinary Concussion Clinics for the Diagnosis and Treatment of the Concussion Spectrum of Disorders. More than 1000 concussed patients have been treated in the Concussion Clinics.
- Concussion Research Studies conducted by CCC Scientists to study the full spectrum of concussion disorders. The research program includes brain imaging, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), cognitive testing, clinical intervention research, and Brain Bank with 45 brains donated to date and supported by a Brain Donation Project to which more than 100 individuals, suffering mainly from concussion, have registered their intentions to donate.
- Concussion Disorders Education and Support Group Program for patients and their families presented by a neuropsychologist and a physician. These evening programs are held periodically and include an in person component at the hospital and an on-line component for viewing at home.
- Educational Symposia for Concussion Researchers and Clinicians and other Professionals Interacting with Concussion Patients. CCC symposia are held once or twice each year, attract about 150 registrants, and are either comprehensive covering all aspects of concussion research or focused on a specific topic such as our “Concussions in Women and Girls Symposium” or educating various professionals who interact with PCS patients such as lawyers, judges and insurers.
Other Events from the CCC
For more information about the Canadian Concussion Centre and to see their upcoming events, please visit their website.