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 18,000 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 22-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.

Big Ten-Ivy League Traumatic Brain Injury 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.

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Big Ten
University of Illinois   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  
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Art Maerlender Art Maerlender
Northwestern University Jeff Mjannes Tory Lindley
The Ohio State University Zhong-Lin Lu Doug Calland
The Pennsylvania State University Sam Slobounov Pete Seidenberg
Purdue University Tom Talavage Larry Leverenz/Doug Boersma
Rutgers University-New Brunswick Carrie Esopenko Kyle Brostrand
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 Wentzel
Dartmouth College Jonathan Lichtenstein Jeff Frechette
Harvard University William Meehan Brant Berkstresser
University of Pennsylvania Doug Smith Emily Dorman
Princeton University Annegret Detwiler Margot Putukian
Yale University Chris Pecora Chris Pecora