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Concussion is a major health crisis facing the public.

Concussion is a major health crisis facing the public.

"It has become clear that repetitive brain injury, even at relatively low energy levels, is a source of brain trauma that faces our youth, men and women, and elderly - from playing sports, to automobile collisions or falls, to the battlefield - there is a critical need to prevent and detect the neurological effects of these injuries." - Jay Alberts, PhD, Director, Concussion Center, Cleveland Clinic.

Concussion 2015 took place June 23-24, 2015

Concussion 2015 took place June 23-24, 2015

Held at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio, where national leaders came together to discuss the advances of medical science in the detection, prevention and treatment of concussion. Over 600 people from around the globe attended the two day event and 70-98 people viewed the live webcast on the two respective days.

Bringing engineering & health experts together

Bringing engineering & health experts together

This unique program explained the fundamentals of concussion and helped bring an appreciation of what new approaches to look forward to. Perhaps the most important and long lasting contribution of the meeting will be the new discoveries that will inevitably arise from this encounter.


Speakers Include:

Jay L Alberts, PhD

Conference General Co-Chairman
Vice-Chair of Health Technology Enablement, Neurological Institute
The Edward F. and Barbara A. Bell Family Endowed Chair,
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Director, Concussion Center
Cleveland Clinic

Jay L. Alberts, Ph.D., is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Concussion Center and holder of the “Edward F. and Barbara A. Bell Family Endowed Chair.” Dr. Alberts is Vice Chairman of Health Enabling Technology within the Office of Clinical Transformation and a Staff member within the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He also is a Principal Investigator within the Functional Electrical Stimulation Center of Excellence at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center. He also holds an appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.Dr. Alberts research in concussion is focused on understanding the relationship between the biomechanics of the impact force and the behavioral and physiological consequences of these impacts. He leads the Brain and Body Health Program at the Cleveland Clinic, sponsored by The Trust and NFL Players Association. The Brain and Body program operates at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas and Cleveland Clinic Florida. The program provides comprehensive assessments of recently retired NFL players. He has developed a suite of mobile App modules for the collection of objective and quantitative data to determine the athlete specific effects of concussion on cognitive and motor functioning. Data from these modules are integrated into the Cleveland Clinic Concussion Care Path across the CCHS enterprise to ensure consistency of evaluation and care of patients with concussion or mTBI.Dr. Alberts also works with Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients to determine the role of the basal ganglia in movement control. Recently, his team has shown that unilateral deep brain stimulation provides long-term bilateral motor benefits. His team is also comparing the effects of assisted vs. voluntary exercise on PD motor function. The objective, quantitative assessment of motor function will aid in disease diagnostic capability and specificity, slowing of disease progression and intervention efficacy for patients in which movement is compromised. Dr. Alberts is currently the PI on three NIH R01 clinical studies and two Department of Defense grants. He has more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and has been continuously funded by NIH since 1998. He was presented with an Alumni Achievement Award from Iowa State University in 2011 for his translational research related to Parkinson’s disease.

Christopher M Bailey, PhD

Director, UH Sports Medicine Concussion Center
Director, Concussion Program, Neurological Institute
Univ. Hospitals Case Medical Center, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology Case Western Reserve Univ. School of Medicine

Dr. Bailey is a neuropsychologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center where he acts as the Director of the UH Sports Medicine Concussion Center as well as the Director of the Concussion Program for the UH Neurological Institute. He is also an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his graduate training at Penn State University before completing an internship in neuropsychology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and serving as the chief fellow in neuropsychology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Bailey has worked collaboratively with multiple departments and specialties to update, integrate, and standardize concussion management services across a large hospital system in northeast Ohio, including developing a network of multidisciplinary concussion specialists with the goal of improving concussion identification and management on and off the sports field.Clinically, he has assisted in the neuropsychological management of concussion in all contexts, including work at all levels of sport. His current clinical roles include being the neuropsychological consultant to the Cleveland Browns, the Lake Erie Monsters, as well as multiple other universities, high schools, and youth sport leagues in northeast Ohio. Dr. Bailey has made several invited addresses at national conferences and written peer-reviewed articles and chapters focusing on sports concussion management, with a particular emphasis on understanding the factors which may influence the accuracy and validity of concussion testing and evaluation. Dr. Bailey is a member of the American Psychological Association, International Neuropsychological Society, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and Ohio Psychological Association.


Jeffrey J Bazarian, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Rochester

Dr. Bazarian is an emergency physician with a strong research interest in traumatic brain injury. He is associate professor of Emergency Medicine, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at the Center for Neural Development and Disease, University of Rochester Medical Center.Dr. Bazarian graduated from Brown University and from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and has a Masters of Public Health. Dr. Bazarian was one of the first emergency physicians to be awarded a five-year Career Development Award from the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke. The focus of his research was traumatic brain injury (TBI) epidemiology and outcomes.Over the years, Dr. Bazarian’s research interest shifted to finding better ways to diagnose TBI, especially concussion. He assembled a diverse group of researchers within the University to tackle this problem, creating a truly translational research team. These efforts earned him an R01 award in 2007 from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development to develop a blood test for brain injury, making him one of only a handful of emergency physicians nationally to have such a grant. Dr. Bazarian has served on several TBI-related task forces and panels for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. He is currently involved in an Institute of Medicine panel attempting to determine the long-term health consequence of head injuries among American troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Dwayne Bray

ESPN, Senior Coordinating Producer / Enterprise Reporting Unit

Dwayne Bray joined ESPN in October 2006. He is a senior coordinating producer who oversees investigative-and-enterprise reporting for the network’s television operation. His team’s work in the area of brain injuries has been honored with some of journalism’s top awards, including a 2014 Peabody from the University of Georgia. Reporters from his team authored League of Denial, the 2013 best-selling book that examined how the National Football League used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed brain-injury research. Prior to joining ESPN, Bray had a nearly two-decade print career with reporting and editing positions at the Dallas Morning News, the Dayton Daily News, the Los Angeles Times and the Medina (Ohio) Gazette.A native of East Cleveland, Ohio, Bray is a graduate of the Ohio State University (master’s degree in journalism) and Cleveland State University (bachelor’s degree in communication). As a reporter, Bray was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize three times. At ESPN, Bray’s investigative unit has also won the Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of human trafficking, the Alfred. I duPont Award for coverage of youth-football safety and corruption issues and the New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Film Grand Award for coverage of the use of the N word in sports. Bray is the author of The Gift: Learning to Appreciate the Value of Life, a story about the struggles of growing up the son of a teen-aged mother and his eventual donation of a kidney to a cousin.


June 23 Tuesday

1:00 – 1:30pm
P Hunter Peckham, PhD NAE, NAI
Conference General Chairman Donnell Institute of Biomedical Engineering & Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Welcome NAE
C. D. Mote, Jr., PhD NAE
President, National Academy of Engineering
Welcome IOM
Robert Graham, MD IOM
Chair, IOM Committee on Sports Related Concussions in Youth, George Washington University
Welcome Cuyahoga County
Armond Budish
Cuyahoga County Executive Cuyahoga County
Welcome Case Western Reserve University
Pamela B Davis, MD, PhD IOM
Dean, School of Medicine & Senior Vice-President for Medical Affairs, Case Western Reserve University
Welcome Cleveland Clinic
Delos (Toby) Cosgrove, MD IOM
Conference Honorary Chairman President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic


1:30 – 3:30pm
Introduction to the Session
John J Chae, MD IOM Moderator
MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio, MetroHealth Medical Center | Professor and Chair of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
Reducing the Incidence of Concussive and Sub- Concussive Head Trauma in Football/Collision Sports
Robert C Cantu, MD Keynote Speaker
Medical Director of the Cantu Concussion Center at Emerson Hospital
TBI Clinical Trials: Past, Present, and Future
Col. Dallas C Hack, MD, MPH
Senior Medical Advisor to the Principal Assistant for Research and Technology US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Concussion and Auto Safety: A NHTSA Perspective
Hon. Mark R Rosekind, PhD
Administrator – National Highway Traffic Safety US Department of Transportation
Utilization of a multidisciplinary approach to concussion management
Jay L Alberts, PhD
Conference General Co-Chairman Vice-Chair of Health Technology Enablement Neurological Institute, Director of Concussion Center, The Edward F and Barbara A Bell Family Endowed Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic
3:00 – 3:30pm
3:30 – 4:00pm
4:00 – 6:00pm
Introduction to the Session
Thomas F Budinger, MD, PhD NAE, IOM Moderator
Founding Chair and Professor Emeritus, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley Professor Emeritus, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, UC Berekeley, and Radiology, UC San Francisco Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Emerging Insight from Animal and Human Studies about the Biomechanics of Concussion
Susan S Margulies, PhD
George H. Stephenson Professor Bioengineering, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
Military TBI: Biomechanics, Experimental Approach and Pathology
Sandor Krisztian Kovacs, MD
Pathologist, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Neurotrauma Lab Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Animal-to-Human Scaling of Stress Waves in the Intracranial Cavity
Raul A Radovitzky, PhD
Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5:10 – 5:45pm
6:00 – 7:30pm
Cleveland State University Center for Innovation in Medical Professions 2112 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115 Transportation will be provided

Cleveland State University

June 24 Wednesday

P Hunter Peckham, PhD NAE, NAI
Conference General Chairman Donnell Institute of Biomedical Engineering & Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Welcome from MetroHealth
Daniel K. Lewis
Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President The MetroHealth System
8:10 – 9:40am
Introduction to the Session
James M Anderson, MD, PhD NAE, IOM Moderator
Distinguished University Professor, Professor of Pathology, Macromolecular Science and Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
TBI Among Military Personnel – Is it the same as is seen in civilians?
Daniel P Perl, MD Keynote Speaker
Neuropathologist and Director, CNRM Brain Tissue Repository for Traumatic Brain Injury Uniform Service University of the Health Sciences
How the Brain Breaks: Mechanisms and Outcomes of Concussion
Douglas H Smith, MD
The Robert A. Groff Professor of Neurosurgery Vice Chairman for Research and Education, Department of Neurosurgery Director of PENN’s Center for Brain Injury and Repair University of Pennsylvania
Boxing, Football and the Brain
Ann C McKee, MD
Chief, Neuropathology Service, VA Boston Director, CTE Program, Associate Director, Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center Professor of Neurology and Pathology Boston University School of Medicine
Concussive Traumatic Brain Injury in US Military Personnel: Blast-related and nonblast-related mechanisms
David L Brody, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine
9:40 – 10:10am
10:10 – 10:40am
10:40 – 12:40pm
Introduction to the Session
Jay L Alberts, PhD, Moderator
Conference General Co-Chairman Vice-Chair of Health Technology Enablement Neurological Institute, Director of Concussion Center, The Edward F and Barbara A Bell Family Endowed Chair Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic
Detection and Prevention of Concussion
Jeffrey J Bazarian, MD Keynote Speaker
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Rochester
Medical Imaging to Re-Characterize “Concussion” for Improved Diagnosis and Prevention
Thomas M Talavage, PhD
Professor Electrical & Computer Engineering, Professor Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University
Olfaction as Physical Examination Biomarker for Residual Neurololgical Damage Due to Mild TBI (mTBI) Associated with Combat Explosions
Robert L Ruff, MD, PhD
Director Neurology Service, Department of Veterans Affairs (retired) | Professor of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University
Concussion and the NCAA: An Update from the Chief Medical Officer
Brian W Hainline, MD
Chief Medical Officer, National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA
12:10 – 12:40pm
12:40 – 1:40pm
1:40 – 3:00pm
Moderated Panel Discussion
Dwayne Bray Moderator
Senior Coordinating Producer / Enterprise Reporting Unit, ESPN
Christopher M Bailey, PhD
Neuropsychologist, Director, Concussion Program, University Hospitals Neurological Institute
Charles L Emerman, MD, FAAEM
Chairperson, Department of Emergency Medicine, The MetroHealth System
Jeffrey A Claridge, MD
Director, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Burns The MetroHealth System
Susan M Joy, MD
Director, Cleveland Clinic Women’s Sports Health Cleveland Clinic
Mary M Vargo, MD
Director, Concussion Clinic Associtae Director, Residency Training Program Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
S Alan Hoffer, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals
3:00 – 3:30pm
Truths about Brain Concussion and Opportunities for Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment
Thomas F Budinger, MD, PhD NAE, IOM
Professor, UC Berkeley, Senior Scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Founding Chair of Bioengineering at Berkeley