S08 -​​ 
Neurotrauma: Concussion, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Spinal Cord Injury: A Primer for Psychiatrists​​ 

Saturday, 24 October​​ 
13:30 – 16:45 (3 hrs plus 15 min break

Abraham Snaiderman*, MD, FRCPC; Alicia Donald, MD, FRCPC; J. Darcy O‘Brien, MD, MSc, FRCPC​​ 


CanMEDS Roles:​​ 

  • Medical Expert​​ 

  • Scholar​​ 

  • Health Advocate​​ 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:​​ 1) Apply the basic concepts of the pathophysiology of brain and spinal cord injury to clinical practice; 2) Understand the different syndromes associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI), from severe TBI to concussion; and 3) Understand the challenges that patients and clinicians face after a spinal cord injury.​​ 

Neurotrauma (traumatic brain injury [TBI] and spinal cord injury) are serious public health concerns. Approximately 160,000 Canadians sustain brain injuries each year. Over a million Canadians live with the effects of an acquired brain injury and 36,000 live with a spinal cord injury. Many will have cognitive, behavioural, and emotional challenges that are largely undiagnosed and untreated. Further, an aging population creates new challenges in the care of elderly individuals with spinal cord injury and TBI.

There is a national need to train clinicians in the early recognition of commonly associated syndromes of neurotrauma, their treatment, and prognosis. This symposium will provide a basic understanding of the pathophysiology, phenomenology, and psychiatric treatment concepts of TBI (from concussions to severe TBI) and spinal cord injury.


  • Silver JM, McAllister TW, Yudofsky SC. Textbook of Traumatic Brain injury. Washington (DC): American Psychiatric Association Publishing; 2019.

  • Yudofsky SC. Essentials of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. Washington (DC): American Psychiatric Association Publishing; 2003.


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