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Science Forum 2020: What You Need to Know about Concussions

February 25,7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Register for Free E-tickets


About the program:

Concussions affect people of all ages and occur in a wide range of activities: Sporting events, car and bike accidents, home injuries, and military service just to name a few. With the increase in brain injury awareness, recent scientific research has focused on identifying concussions, creating post-concussion protocols, and inventing hi-tech equipment to prevent brain injuries.

In this presentation, moderator Steve Kraske will lead a discussion and audience Q&A session with a panel of experts on a variety of concussion-related topics. In addition to the presentation at the Library, the program will be live streamed at the Groover Labs in Wichita, Kansas. The site will have a concussion expert on hand to facilitate discussion and to answer questions. See below for details. 


Steve Kraske is Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and also host of “Up to Date,” a daily talk show on public radio KCUR-FM in Kansas City. He was a long-time political correspondent and columnist for The Kansas City Star. He was a 1992 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and holds his B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.




Margaret “Meg” Gibson, MD, is a physician for the Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City. She also serves as the Fellowship Director for the UMKC Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and is the head team physician for the UMKC Athletics Department.

Dr. Gibson earned a B.A. in biology from Washington University and an MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine Residency and Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.


John Cagle, PhD, is Senior Manager of Advanced Concepts at sports technology company, VICIS, Inc. He received a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Denver and a PhD in bioengineering and biomedical engineering from the University of Washington.

A Seattle start-up founded in 2013, VICIS football helmets have been rated best for three straight years at reducing head impact severity according to performance testing conducted by the NFL and the NFL Players Association. The VICIS helmet was also named one of TIME Magazine‘s Best Inventions of 2017. Today, players on 28 of 32 NFL teams wear VICIS helmets, including reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes. The company unveiled a youth version of the helmet last year.


Selected by Kansas City in the second round of the 1990 draft, Tim Grunhard was the anchor of the Chiefs’ offensive line throughout his 11-year career. A native of Chicago, he is a 1990 graduate of Notre Dame where he was a standout offensive lineman and a member of the 1988 Irish National Championship team. Following his NFL career, he served as head football coach at Bishop Miege for six years and was offensive line coach at the University of Kansas for two years.


Admission ticket

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required. Registration will open at 9:00 a.m. on January 14, 2020, for a limited number of seats.

Live stream satellite site

If you can’t make it to the Library for the panel discussion, a satellite site will broadcast a live stream of the event. A concussion expert will be on hand at each location to facilitate discussion and answer questions. Please register for free e-tickets at the links below.

  • Wichita, Kansas: Groover Labs, 334 N St Francis St. – E-tickets

Discussion facilitator: Dr. Jeremy Patterson, Dean and Katherine & Edith Erker Endowed Professor of biomedical engineering at Wichita State University. Dr. Patterson is also Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Creativity, Director of WIDGET, and a Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship.

Live stream option

If you are unable to attend the lecture, you can watch a live broadcast from the Library’s Facebook page or via livestream.com.

Parking at the Linda Hall Library

The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.


Funding for this program has been provided by UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee for the Harry Portman Charitable Trust.

For reservation questions, please email events@lindahall.org or call 816.926.8772 to leave a message.

Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information on these events.