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Dr. Bennet Omalu, Subject of Upcoming Movie “Concussion,” to speak in Tampa Thursday

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One of the most hyped films of the upcoming Christmas movie season is “Concussion,” starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian forensic pathologist who was the first doctor in America to publish findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in NFL and college football players.

Dr. Omalu will be speaking this Thursday evening, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Ferguson Hall. The event is free and no tickets are required for this event, which is part of the USF Frontier Forum Lecture Series sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost.

Omalu conducted the autopsy of the late Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster, which led to his discovery of a new disease that he named CTE back in 2002. However, the NFL did not publicly acknowledge the link between concussions sustained in football and CTE until December 2009.

Dr. Omalu is currently the chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County, Calif. and a professor in the UC Davis Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

USF says that Omalu will sign  copies of his book, Play Hard, Die Young: Football Dementia, Depression and Death, which can be purchased at the event.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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