Dr. Suzanne Leclerc, director of the Sports Medicine Clinic at INS Québec, partners with McGill University researcher Dr. Ian Shrier

Dr. Suzanne Leclerc, director of the Sports Medicine Clinic at INS Québec, is partnering with McGill University researcher Dr. Ian Shrier (principal investigator) and ApexK to obtain a Mitacs grant to conduct research on the relationship between concussion symptoms and the human visual system.

A number of recent studies suggest that the vestibular (balance) and visual systems are affected in patients who have suffered concussions. This study will help establish whether changes in concussion symptoms correlate with changes to the visual system. In summary, the protocol consists of assessing the patients at the start of their participation in the project, then when they feel that their condition has considerably improved and when they are asymptomatic.
For high performance sports, this study is a step towards more effective rehabilitation and the potential for a return to training, possibly in a shorter time period, for athletes who have suffered a concussion. This study is related to Dr. Leclerc’s work in recent years on concussions in elite athletes.

The team is currently looking for subjects who have suffered a concussion and meet the following criteria:

  • aged 16 or over;
  • have demonstrated symptoms for at least eight days but no more than 70 days;
  • did not suffer the concussion as the result of a workplace injury or car accident.

To participate in this study, please contact the research coordinator:

Isabel Pereira
514-449-8843

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