FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Tickets are now available for the final lecture of the 2016-17 Omnibus Lecture Series season, featuring Dr. Bennet Omalu, who will present his lecture titled, "Don’t Break the Rules: Change the Game!" The lecture will take place Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auer Performance Hall, located in the Rhinehart Music Center on the IPFW campus.
As detailed in the 2015 award-winning film Concussion, Omalu became the first doctor to discover and identify Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) as a significant factor in the deaths of certain professional athletes. Faced with ridicule and dismissal by the NFL, his peers, and the sports industry as a whole, Dr. Omalu has become a symbol of truth in the pursuit of doing what’s best for people and their health. Today, CTE is a generally accepted disease, and his findings have revolutionized neuroscience, sports medicine and safety, brain trauma study, and the entire sports industry.
As well as being the identifier of CTE and the focus of the film and a book, both titled Concussion, Dr. Omalu is a former refugee and graduated from medical school at the age of 21.
The lecture is free to attend but tickets are required and will be limited to six per person because of the high demand expected. If all tickets are reserved before the lecture, the box office will maintain a waiting list. Tickets can be picked up in person Monday–Friday from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Larson Ticket Office, located inside the Athletics Center on campus. Tickets are also available online through the IPFW Box Office website. A $1 service fee will be charged per ticket for online orders.
The sponsors of this lecture include the English-Bonter-Mitchell Foundation (the series sponsor for 22 years), the Fort Wayne Neurological Center, Indiana University School of Medicine–Fort Wayne, and Parkview Sports Medicine. Media sponsors of the event are Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, WANE-TV, and WBOI News and Diverse Music.
For more information, call Kimberly Wagner, director of public relations, at 260-481-4174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.