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CHEO doctor wins national award for concussion research

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute

OTTAWA, Canada - September 25, 2014 - Dr. Roger Zemek from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) was awarded the Dr. Jane Gillett Research Award from the Brain Injury Association of Canada during its annual conference today.

The Dr. Jane Gillett Award is presented annually to an individual or organization for their research to advance the cause of acquired brain injury in Canada. The Brain Injury Association of Canada recognizes Dr. Zemek's leadership in the development of the first comprehensive pediatric guidelines for diagnosing and managing concussion.

"Pediatric concussion is an area that's under-funded and under-studied, so Dr. Zemek's efforts make an enormous impact," said Harry Zarins, Executive Director, Brain Injury Association of Canada. "The pediatric concussion guidelines represent the best-available evidence today and serve as an invaluable tool for parents, coaches and school boards alike."

The research leading to the creation of the guidelines was sponsored by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and managed at CHEO over a two-year period, including regular consultation of an expert panel representing the full spectrum of pediatric health disciplines (emergency medicine, family practitioners, neurologists, rehabilitation professionals, etc.) led by Dr. Zemek.

"The creation of the guidelines was truly a team effort," said Dr. Roger Zemek, emergency room physician and scientist at CHEO. "This award is deeply appreciated by all. It further validates that there's a need to have this type of information readily accessible. Thank you to the Brain Injury Association of Canada for this honour."

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The guidelines are free and available at http://onf.org/documents/guidelines-for-pediatric-concussion and http://www.concussionsontario.org/guidelines-for-pediatric-concussion/

About the CHEO Research Institute:

The CHEO Research Institute coordinates the research activities of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and is affiliated with the University of Ottawa. Its three programs of research include molecular biomedicine, health information technology, and evidence to practice research. Key themes include cancer, diabetes, obesity, mental health, emergency medicine, musculoskeletal health, electronic health information and privacy, and genetics of rare disease. The CHEO Research Institute makes discoveries today for healthier kids tomorrow. For more information, visit http://www.cheori.org

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