Dr. Bennet Omalu, a physician specializing in chronic brain damage, will be the next speaker in the 2017 Omnibus Lecture Series. Omalu will take the stage to present “Don’t Break the Rules: Change the Game!” in Rhinehart Music Center 7:30 p.m. April 4.
Omalu was at the center of the plot of 2015 award-winning book and film “Concussion,” which detailed his becoming the first doctor to discover and identify chronic brain damage as a significant factor in the deaths of multiple professional athletes, according to omnibuslectures.org.
Omalu discovered this correlation in 2002 after he discovered the disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, which was discovered in in autopsy of former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Webster, who died at age 50. He also discovered CTE in eight more deceased NFL players, military veterans and professional wrestlers.
Ticketes to Omalu’s lecture be available March 20 in the Larson Box Office in the Gates Athletics Center. Tickets can be picked up in person, reserved online or obtained at the event while supplies last.
The Box office can be contacted at (260) 481-6555.