Outreach & Engagement
Steven Broglio, director of the Michigan Concussion Center, talks to Steve Hsu, vice president for research and professor of Theoretical Physics at Michigan State University, and Corey Washington, director of analytics in the Office of Research and Innovation, about concussion risk, prevention, and treatment. Broglio describes how the NCAA emerged from the deaths that almost led Theodore Roosevelt to outlaw college football. He also explains recent findings on CTE, why females may be at greater concussion risk, and why sleep is critical to avoiding long-term brain injury. They discuss how new rules probably make football safer and debate why New England is so down on kids playing football. Steve wonders whether skills are in decline now that some schools have eliminated “contact” in practices.
A team of doctors, engineers, researchers from Michigan Medicine, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, College of Engineering, and the Michigan Concussion Center have developed a noninvasive way to measure whether brain cells are in distress using an infrared laser. By looking at tissue oxygen and cell metabolism at the same time, doctors could have a fast and noninvasive way to monitor the health of brain cells.
Dr. Fred Korley is an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and a Michigan Concussion Center faculty member. His research program is focused on improving the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).