Thomas W. McAllister, M.D., is the Albert Eugene Sterne Professor and Chairman, Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. He was previously Millennium Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, Director of the Section of Neuropsychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, and Vice Chair for Neuroscience Research for the Department of Psychiatry. He is a past president of the American Neuropsychiatric Association. Dr. McAllister received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. He served on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, and the University of Pennsylvania before returning to Dartmouth Medical School in 1990.
Dr. McAllister has been working in the field of brain injury recovery for over 25 years. He has written widely on the neuropsychiatric sequelae of TBI, and has been the principal investigator of numerous grants from NIH, the CDC, NOCSAE, and the Department of Defense (DoD), exploring the nature of cognitive and behavioral difficulties following mild and moderate TBI. With Drs. Jon Silver and Stuart Yudofsky he is a co-editor of the Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury published by American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. Recent research has focused on characterizing the biomechanical basis of concussion, and the effects of repetitive head impacts on brain structure and function in contact sport athletes.
Michael McCrea, PhD, ABPP is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology and Director of Brain Injury Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a research neuropsychologist at the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is ABCN board-certified in clinical neuropsychology and is the past President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). Dr. McCrea has been an active researcher in the neurosciences, with numerous scientific publications, book chapters, and national and international lectures on the topic of traumatic brain injury. Dr. McCrea has led several large, multi-center studies on the effects of traumatic brain injury and sport-related concussion. Dr. McCrea has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on the acute and chronic effects of concussion, and he authored the text Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Postconcussion Syndrome: The New Evidence Base for Diagnosis and Treatment published by Oxford University Press. He currently serves on the National Football League (NFL) Head, Neck and Spine Committee and as a neuropsychology consultant for the Green Bay Packers, and served as a panelist on the 2008 and 2012 Zurich International Consensus Conference on Sports Concussion.
Steven Broglio PhD, ATC is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Kinesiology and Departments of Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also Director of the NeuroSport Research Laboratory and member of the University of Michigan Injury Center. Dr. Broglio is a Certified Athletic Trainer who received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000, his Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002, and his Doctorate from the University of Georgia in 2006. His first faculty position was in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign from 2006 to 2011.
Dr. Broglio has been conducting sport concussion research since 1999, in which he has continually focused on improving athlete health and safety through injury prevention, early recognition, and management. These efforts have been supported by the National Athletic Trainers’ Research and Education Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Department of Defense and are chronicled in medical journals and book chapters. Dr. Broglio was awarded the new investigator award by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2011 and Fellowship in the American College of Sports Medicine in 2014.
Colonel (Ret.) Paul. F. Pasquina, M.D. is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research (CRSR) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He is also the Chief of the Department of Rehabilitation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and USUHS, completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Georgetown/USUHS. His board certifications include PM&R, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and Pain Medicine. His current research efforts are focused on exploring new technologies to enhance the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of combat casualties, primarily through his work as the Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research (www.CRSR.org). Prior to his military retirement, he served as the Chief of the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at WRNMMC; Consultant to the Army Surgeon General; Senior Officer in Charge of the Ortiz Medical Clinic, International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq; and Secretarial appointee for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special Disabilities Programs. He continues to serve as a consultant to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. Army’s Medical Research and Material Command (MRMC), Food & Drug Agency (FDA), and University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Pasquina has received multiple military awards, as well as awards for teaching and mentorship, including the U.S. Army’s “A” Proficiency Designation for academic excellence, the Order of Military Medical Merit, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, da Vinci Lifetime Achievement Award, Partners in Progress Heroes of Military Medicine Award, Lewis Aspey Mologne Award, Alfred Mann Foundation Scientist of Year Award, Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Honorary Fellow of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).
Stefan Duma, PhD is the Harry C. Wyatt Professor and the Department Head for Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech. In this position, Dr. Duma is responsible for 76 tenured and tenure track faculty with over 200 graduate students and 5,000 undergraduate students. Additionally, Dr. Duma leads an active research group in the area of injury biomechanics. He is the founding Director of the Center for Injury Biomechanics (CIB) and has been awarded externally funded research from the NIH, CDC, NSF, DOD, DOT, and a range in industrial sponsors. His research includes automobile safety, military restraints, and sport biomechanics applications. He has published over 400 technical papers in the field of injury biomechanics including over 100 peer reviewed journal papers and two books. Dr. Duma is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine and his research has been recognized with numerous best paper awards at the BMES, Stapp, AAAM, ASB, ASME, and RMBS Conferences. He is married to Dr. Christine Duma and they have two children.
Scott Anderson, ATC is currently the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Oklahoma where he has been employed since 1996. Prior to coming to Oklahoma, he held a similar position at Tulane University.
He is involved in several local and national assignments including: Co-Director, Summit on Safety in College Football, 2014; Member, NCAA Concussion Task Force, 2014 – present; President, College Athletic Trainer’s Society, 2009 to present; Member- Inter-Association Task Force on Safety in Football: Off-Season Conditioning, 2012; Co-Chair, National Athletic Trainers’ Association Inter-Association Task Force on Sickle Cell Trait in Athletes, 2007; Member, Inter-Association Task Force on Exertional Heat Illness, 2003; Chair, Big 12 Conference Medical Aspects of Sport Committee, 1999 to 2002; and, Co-Director, annual Sooner Sports Medicine Symposium.
His recognitions include College/University – Athletic Trainer of the Year 2006; All-American Football Foundation, Inc – Outstanding Athletic Trainer 2005; and 2000-01 Big 12 Conference Athletic Training Staff of the Year.
Jeffery J. Bazarian, MD, MPH, is the Principal Investigator for the Bazarian Lab located at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The goals of the Bazarian TBI lab are to develop neuroimaging and blood-based biomarkers of axonal injury after concussion and repetitive head hits, and to understand the pathophysiologic mechanisms of recovery. A translational research platform is used to accrue injured subjects through the Emergency Department at the University of Rochester Medical Center as well as contact athletes at the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since 2009, over 700 collegiate athletes and over 100 non-athletes have been studied using a variety of biomarkers including diffusion tensor imaging, functional MRI, serum brain proteins (such as S100B, GFAP, UCH-L1 and tau), peripheral changes in mRNA expression, the epigenome and the metabolome; computerized cognitive performance, computerized platform posturography, computerized eye-tracking, quantitative EEG. We have integrated objective measures of head impact exposure using sensor technology to understand the relationship between impact biomechanics and brain injury. The strategic use of this comprehensive array of methodologies has shed light on the effects of single and repetitive head hits on brain structure and function, setting the stage for targeted interventions to prevent and mitigate TBI-related disability.
James Clugston, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health & Family Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He has served as a Gator Team Physician since 2004 with primary responsibility for football, men’s basketball and men’s golf. He founded the UF Sports Medicine Fellowship in 2006 where he currently serves as its Assistant Director.
Dr. Clugston earned a BS in Chemistry at Davidson College, a MS in Agroforestry at the University of Florida and a MD at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He completed residency training in family medicine at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the South Bend-Notre Dame Sports Medicine Fellowship. He is board certified in family medicine and holds a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine (CAQSM). His research interests are focused on concussion management, and he is principal investigator for several ongoing concussion research studies. He also currently serves on the Southeastern Athletic Conference (SEC) Working Group on Concussion and the Arena Football League Concussion Task Force.
Barry P. Katz, Ph.D., is Professor of Biostatistics and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1984 and has been a member of the IU faculty since. He has experience in all types of health-related research including randomized controlled trials, epidemiological studies, animal models and health services research. These studies have resulted in over 240 peer reviewed publications in the biomedical and biostatistical literature. He has also served on numerous national review groups for NIH and other agencies.
In addition to the Biostatistics and Data Core for CARE, Dr. Katz is currently directing the Biostatistics Core for the Medical Countermeasures Against Radiological Threats (MCART) consortium which evaluates pharmacologic interventions to treat radiation exposure, the Data Coordinating Center for the Translational Research and Evolving Alcoholic Hepatitis Treatment consortium which includes both an observational study and randomized trials, and the Statistics Core for a multi-center cohort study to predict caries risk in underserved toddlers. Dr. Katz has also directed numerous Biostatistics Cores for multi-project and multicenter initiatives in the areas of sexually transmitted diseases, musculoskeletal diseases, and oral health.
Alison Brooks, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed her Fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Wisconsin in 2008. She is also a former RWJ Foundation and NIH K12 Clinical Research Scholar. Dr. Brooks serves as the primary UW team physician for men’s soccer and women’s ice hockey. She provides care for athletes of all ages at the University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Center. Her interests in sports medicine and research include achieving optimal bone health in athletes of all ages and the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries in child, adolescent, and collegiate athletes. Her previous work has included both large cohort studies and randomized controlled trials in the adolescent and collegiate athlete populations. Most recently Dr. Brooks and her colleague Dr. McGuine published results from their study evaluating whether type of helmet or mouth guard affects the incidence of sport-related concussion in high school football players.
Christopher Giza, MD graduated from Dartmouth College, received his M.D. from West Virginia University and completed his internship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Giza then trained in Adult and Pediatric Neurology at UCLA, after which he worked on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team. In 1998, he returned to UCLA and joined the Brain Injury Research Center. Dr. Giza leads the Pediatric TBI program at UCLA. He traveled to Afghanistan in 2011 as a civilian advisor to the Department of Defense and in 2012 established UCLA BrainSPORT, a comprehensive sports concussion/mild TBI program for prevention, outreach, research and treatment. In 2012, he received the “Professional in the Field Award” from the Brain Injury Association of California. Dr. Giza co-Chaired the American Academy of Neurology’s committee that developed an evidence-based Practice Guideline for Management of Sports Concussions in 2013. He serves on the Center for Disease Control’s Pediatric mild TBI committee, the NCAA Concussion Task Force, the Major League Soccer Concussion Program Committee and has served as Vice-Chair for the California State Athletic Commission. He directs the NFL Neurological Care Program at UCLA. He is currently Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children’s Hospital – UCLA. His research interests include neuroplasticity, recovery from injury, sport-related concussions, post-traumatic epilepsy and brain development.
Gerald McGinty, DPT is the Director of Sports Medicine at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is responsible for coordinating the medical care and rehabilitation for 27 intercollegiate teams and over 800 intercollegiate athletes. Dr. McGinty works directly with Air Force football and is participating in numerous research studies involving concussion management.
Dr. McGinty earned his BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, his MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy for Regis University. He is Board Certified in Orthopaedics and Sports. Dr. McGinty served in the Air Force for 23 years providing care for military members along with deploying numerous times during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.