Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration

 

The Big Ten/Ivy League Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration is a multi-institutional research effort whose mission is to better understand the causes and effects of sport-related concussion and head injuries.  

The Big Ten/Ivy League Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration draws on the intersection of great medicine, great athletics, and great academics to bring together world-class coaches, athletic trainers, scientists, and team physicians to study the effects of traumatic brain injury in sports. Researchers and athletic clinicians within the Big Ten, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the Ivy League have a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of TBI/sports concussion research to better inform biomedical and behavioral science, enhance clinical practice, and benefit the nation’s citizens and soldiers through innovative research that enhances the prevention, detection, and treatment of TBI.

In June 2012, the Big Ten, the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Ivy League joined forces in an effort to better assess these injuries from a physical and behavioral standpoint, and to improve athlete education and welfare. Through a commitment to broad-based programming for over 17,500 combined student athletes, these two prestigious  academic and athletic entities have a unique opportunity to be national leaders at the forefront of significant change. This 23-institutional membership collaborative effort will provide a broad population sample from which to obtain meaningful data on the incidence of head injuries in young adults, and will allow for the potential of longitudinal examinations into the health impact of head injuries as student-athletes transition into professional careers both on and off the field. Through a shared vision of student-athlete well-being, this effort reinforces and serves as a positive representation of the position of intercollegiate athletics within the higher education model.

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Big Ten/Ivy League TBI Research Collaboration Campus Contacts

The below are contacts at each campus who have been identified as a point of contact for TBI research/projects on their campus. They are knowledgeable of TBI student-athlete research being conducted at their campus and are willing to connect with those outside of their institution who may have interest in collaborating on TBI projects. The campus contacts also collaborate with Martha Cooper, TBI Project Coordinator, in identifying TBI partnerships for the campus as well as the broader TBI membership.

 
Research Athletic
Big Ten
University of Illinois Kevin Jackson Paul Schmidt
Indiana University Nicholas Port Nicholas Port
University of Iowa Andy Peterson Andy Peterson
University of Maryland Brad Hatfield David Klossner
University of Michigan Steve Broglio Rick Bancroft
Michigan State University Tracey Covassin Sally Nogle
University of Minnesota Suzanne Hecht Moria Novak
University of Nebraska Art Maerlender Art Maerlender
Northwestern University Michael Milligan Tory Lindley
Ohio State University Zhong-Lin Lu Doug Calland
Penn State University Sam Slobounov Tim Bream
Purdue University Tom Talavage Larry Leverenz/Doug Boersma
Rutgers University Jennifer Buckman Robert Monaco
University of Wisconsin Alison Brooks Alison Brooks
Ivy League
Brown University Neha Rauker Russ Fiore
Columbia University Jamie Noble Jim Gossett
Cornell University Phil Stieg Dave Wentzle
Dartmouth College Jonathan Lichtenstein Jeff Frechette
Harvard University William Meehan Brant Berkstresser
University of Penn Doug Smith Eric Laudano
Princeton University Annegret Detwiler Margot Putukian
Yale University Chris Pecora Chris Pecora

2017 TBI Summit

July 19-20, 2017
Big Ten Conference Center
Rosemont, Illinois



Map of Participating Universities

TBI Collaboration Map

 

TBI Board Members

Carolyn Campbell-McGovern, The Ivy League
Martha Cooper, Big Ten Academic Alliance
Steve Fleagle, University of Iowa
Katherine Galvin, Big Ten Academic Alliance
Robin Harris, The Ivy League
Kerry Kenny, Big Ten Conference
Art Maerlender, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Barbara McFadden Allen, Big Ten Academic Alliance
Nathan Meier, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Moira Novak, University of Minnesota
Margot Putukian, Princeton University
Sam Slobounov, Penn State University
Doug Smith, University of Pennsylvania
Phil Stieg, Weill Cornell Medical College


 
 

TBI Collaboration Working Groups

Data Collection
Ginger Yang, Ohio State University (Chair)
Corrine Peek-Asa, University of Iowa (Vice Chair)

 
Education and Outreach
Philip Stieg, Weill Cornell Medical College (Chair)
 
 
 
Funding 
James Noble, Columbia University (Chair)
Tracey Covassin, Michigan State University (Vice Chair)

 
 
 
IRB
Andy Peterson, University of Iowa (Chair)
 
 

Protocol
Mike Gay, Penn State University (Chair)
 

 
Research
Suzanne Hecht, University of Minnesota (Chair)
Doug Smith, University of Pennsylvania (Vice Chair)
 

 

For More Information

Martha Cooper
Big Ten Academic Alliance
Project Coordinator
Big Ten/Ivy League TBI Research Collaboration
martha.cooper@btaa.org
217-300-2112
 
Doug Smith, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Scientific Director  
smithdou@mail.med.upenn.edu

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