Funny, we were just talking about sports. Is it possible that FDA heard us? See the details below for an agency workshop that covers, among other topics, diagnostic devices for sports concussions. There's been a lot of concern about concussions in the NFL for example.

December 22, 2010

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FDA Workshop Addresses Sports Concussions, Seizures, and More

Reports of concussions are up 21% from last season, although the league views this as a good sign (in other words, underreporting has become less of an issue).

"We're trying to make sure that players have the message: playing through pain is good; playing through pain is what sports are about. But that's leg pain. That's arm pain. Not brain injury. Because a brain injury and spine injury can threaten their future," according to Hunt Batjer, cochairman of the NFL's head, neck and spine medical committee.

From FDA:

DA Workshop - Assuring the Safety and Effectiveness of Seizure, Cognitive Function, and TBI/Sports Concussion Diagnostic Devices, June 2-3, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public Workshop on Non-invasive Devices for Seizure Detection, Cognitive Evaluation, and Traumatic Brain Injury/Sports Concussion Assessment. Attendees will discuss approaches and endpoints for clinical studies for these devices and how the results should be conveyed to the users so that the devices may be used effectively.

This meeting will be held June 2-3, 2011, at

Food and Drug Administration
White Oak Campus
10903 New Hampshire Ave
Building 31
Silver Spring, MD 20993

Do any of you dear readers plan on going? I have to warn you—there may be more clinical trials folks there than NFL players. —Lawrence Lloyd

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