S04- Understanding Cardiovascular Autonomic Dysfunction in the Context of Concussion Injuries
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- Summarize the structure and function of the autonomic nervous system.
- Describe the methods and outcomes from non-invasive assessments of cardiovascular autonomic function.
- Define concussion injury and how the injury is speculated to impact cardiovascular autonomic function.
- Identify signs and symptoms of cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction.
- Dr. Michael F. La Fountaine has no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose relating to the content of this activity.
- Portions of the data contained in this presentation were collected as part of an active research grant (# CBIR16IRG025) entitled, “Evaluating the Role of Baroreceptor Sensitivity in the Post-Concussive Symptomatic Milieu” which is funded by the New Jersey Commission for Brain Injury Research.
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Michael La Fountaine, EdD, ATC
Research Investigator, Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research & Development National Center of Excellence for Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury
|Dr. Michael La Fountaine received his Doctoral Degree in Applied Physiology from Columbia University in 2008. His current research agenda is focused on developing a more robust appreciation for how genetic variability of autonomic receptors, and their subtypes, contribute to cardiovascular autonomic control in otherwise healthy humans, and that which may occur in response to different models of neurological trauma (e.g., traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury). His past and recent work describes the pathogenesis of autonomic dysfunction in response to acute (e.g., concussion, mild traumatic brain injury) and chronic (e.g., spinal cord injury) neurological trauma. Dr. LaFountaine received the Researcher of the Year Award in the School of Health and Medical Sciences (2014, 2018) at Seton Hall University, and the New Investigator Award (2013) in the American College of Sports Medicine. He was recently elevated to Fellow status in the American College of Sports Medicine (2018).|
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