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

Points of contact at each of the 22 participating sites have been identified and are available to connect with those interested in collaborating in TBI projects. The campus contacts collaboration with Martha Cooper in identifying TBI partnerships for the campus as well as the broader TBI membership. If you are interested in connecting with a particular Big Ten and/or Ivy League campus, please contact Martha Cooper.

Ivy League-Big Ten
Epidemiology of Concussion Study

Started in the Ivy League in 2013, this is a multi-site, prospective, observational study to characterize the epidemiology of concussions among student athletes in the Ivy League and Big Ten Conference. Learn More

Study Research, Administrative Management, and Legacy Team

Doug Wiebe,
University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator

Julia Orchinik, 
University of Pennsylvania
Research Coordinator
Abigail Bretzin, University of Pennsylvania
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Martha Cooper,
Big Ten Academic Alliance
Study Liaison

Carolyn Campbell-McGovern, 
The Ivy League
Study Founder

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Map of Participating Universities

TBI Map 


TBI Board Members

Carolyn Campbell-McGovern, The Ivy League
Martha Cooper, Big Ten Academic Alliance
Natasha Desai, Columbia University
Carrie Esopenko, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Katherine Galvin, Big Ten Academic Alliance
Robin Harris, The Ivy League
Kerry Kenny, Big Ten Conference
David Klossner, University of Maryland
Keith Marshall, Big Ten Academic Alliance
Nathan Meier, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Chris Sahley,
Purdue University
Doug Smith, University of Pennsylvania
Phil Stieg, Weill Cornell Medical College

For More Information

Martha Cooper
Big Ten Academic Alliance
Assistant Director

Doug Smith, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Scientific Director

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