Past Meetup

Should Humans Play Football? The Neuroscience of Concussions

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Kiggins Theatre

1011 Main Street · Vancouver, WA

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This event is also open to the public, but there will be a designated area inside for Meetup Members to get together at 6:30pm. Look for the Meetup sign and our greeter, Kate.

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Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Meetup Group at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7:00pm.

Meet inside the theater at 6:30 p.m. to talk with your fellow group members for a bit before the show starts. Look for the Meetup sign.

Location: Kiggins Theatre, ( 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash.

Cost: $9* online advance tickets (, $10** suggested cover at the door. This is an all-ages event.

Please Note: RSVP-ing "yes" to these events does not automatically get you in the door. You must either purchase tickets in advance (ticket details above), or if we have not sold out, you may buy tickets at the door.

Food & Drink: Beer, wine, pizza slices, popcorn, and snacks available.

Event Description:

We humans have always loved dangerous sports, from ancient chariot racing all the way to today’s football, soccer, and hockey. Despite safety equipment, the sight of a player being checked for a head injury has become increasingly common. Growing evidence indicates that multiple concussions and similar injuries to the head can accelerate certain forms of dementia and lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). What does that mean for both professional athletes and for your kids who play on after school sports teams?

Dr. Larry Sherman ( is a neuroscientist at OHSU, and his lab has been exploring how the brain responds to certain types of injury and will explore the mechanisms underlying the brain’s responses to injury and possible ways to reverse brain damage. Dr. Sherman has spoken at several earlier events, including on The Neuroscience of Pleasure and Love (, Every Brain Needs Music (, and You and Your Racist Brain: The Neuroscience of Prejudice (, but at this event he will be talking about his own research.

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Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!


Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver (


*A note on advance ticket prices: We’ve changed the ticket vendor to one with lower service fees, so while the price of the ticket has increased by $1, the amount you pay remains the same.

**A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door from advance and box office ticket sales. However, we are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn. If the event still has seats available and if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can. Buying a ticket in advance confirms that you will have a seat at the event.