Sports and Military Traumatic Brain Injury: Pathways to Neurodegeneration

Date/Time: On Demand, 8-30 September 2014

Some mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have persistent and sometimes progressive, long-term, debilitating effects. Evidence indicates that a single TBI can precipitate or accelerate multiple age-related neurodegenerations, increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and motor neuron disease, and that repetitive mild TBI can provoke the development of a tauopathy, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

The incidence and prevalence of CTE and the genetic risk factors critical to its development are currently unknown. CTE can only be diagnosed at autopsy; however, promising efforts to develop imaging, spinal fluid and peripheral blood biomarkers are underway to diagnose and monitor the course of disease in living subjects.

Target Audience: This program will be beneficial to mental health practitioners including psychologists, social workers, counselors, substance abuse professionals, case managers, clinicians and therapists. Any other mental health professionals are invited to attend.

1.00 contact hours. (Includes Social Work hours) NC AHEC is a 2014 NASW-NC approved provider of distance continuing education. This program has been approved for 1.00 contact hours. CEUs will be awarded to participants who attend 100% of this program. This program will provide 1.00 contact hours (category A) continuing education credit to NC Psychologists.


  • Describe the neuropathological changes associated with CTE
  • Describe the clinical and neuropathological changes associated with neurodegeneration after a single traumatic brain injury
  • Articulate the neuropathological difference between CTE and other diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease


Ann McKee, MD
Professor, Neurology and Pathology
VA Boston HealthCare System and Boston University School of Medicine
Co-director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy
Director, Brain Banks for the Alzheimer Disease Center
Boston, MA


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Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine for this On Demand session.

To receive credit, you must register no later than 6 p.m. (EDT) 26 September 2014 AND complete the course and evaluation no later than 11:59 p.m. (EDT) 26 September 2014.

Session registration opens 8 September 2014. The evaluation site opens at 8 a.m. (EDT) 8 September 2014 and closes at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) 26 September 2014.

DCoE's awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 1.00 APA Credit
  • 0.10 CEU
  • 1.00 NASW credits
  • 1.00 NBCC
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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 1.00 APA Credit
  • 0.10 CEU
  • 1.00 NASW credits
  • 1.00 NBCC
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