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James Eckner

James (JT) Eckner, MD, MS

Dr. Eckner received his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University and his M.S. degree from the University of Michigan in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis. His research addresses mild traumatic brain injury in athletes, including concussion prevention through neck strengthening exercise, concussion biomechanics, determining the role of reaction time testing in concussion assessment, long term effects of concussion on neurological health, as well as, in the management and rehabilitation of athletes.

Dr. Eckner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Director of Clinical Research, Michigan NeuroSport and PM&R Concussion Programs, and Director of the PM&R Resident Research Program, in addition to the Michigan Concussion Center’s Research Associate Director.

Stephan F. Taylor is a professor of psychiatry and Associate Chair for Research and Research Regulatory Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry; and an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. His work focuses on psychiatric disorders (schizophrenia, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder) and he uses brain mapping and brain stimulation technologies to understand and treat the pathophysiology of these conditions. He directs the Program for Risk Evaluation and Prevention (PREP), designed to identify youth at risk of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and conduct research into the early stages of psychosis.

Dr. Mark E. Oppenlander is a board-certified neurosurgeon at the University of Michigan Departments of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery. He specializes in complex spinal operations, including spinal deformity, scoliosis, spinal tumors, thoracic disc disease, craniovertebral junction surgery, robotics in neurosurgery, and trauma. Dr. Oppenlander has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts, and participated in conferences at the state, national, and international level with multiple invited presentations. He serves as faculty for the AANS Coding and Reimbursement Committee and is an Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant for the National Football League (NFL).

Mohammed N. Islam is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering. He has published over 135 papers in refereed journals and holds over 150 patents. In addition, he has authored three books and has written several book chapters. He has founded a number of companies including Xtera Communications, Omni Sciences, Celeste Optics, AccuPhotonics, Omni MedSci, and Cheetah Omni. His current research interests include using near-infrared light for monitoring brain metabolism in humans and animal models, long-, mid- and near-infrared laser sources and their applications in defense and healthcare, and contactless, remote measurements of physiological parameters.

Dr. Song is Professor of Biostatistics, and Associate Chair of Research, at the Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health since January, 2008.  He received his PhD in Statistics from the University of British Columbia in 1996.  He has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers.  Dr. Song’s research interests include data integration, high-dimensional data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, missing data, spatiotemporal modeling, and methods in precision health. He is ASA Fellow and Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. Dr. Song serves as Associate Editor of Journal of American Statistical Association, Canadian Journal of Statistics, and Journal of Multivariate Analysis.

Dr. Nicholas Szerlip is originally from New York, just north of Manhattan, but lived many places around the country while growing up. He attended Columbia University for his undergraduate studies, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He then attended Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he obtained his medical degree. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Szerlip completed his residency training at the University of Maryland (Shock Trauma) in Baltimore. Dr. Szerlip is on the University of Michigan Trauma Committee and as a former college athlete has an interest diagnosis of head injuries.

Ioulia Kovelman is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan where she directs the Language & Literacy Laboratory as well as fNIRS Pediatric Neuroimaging Laboratory. Bilingual mind and brain are her primary areas of research. Through the bilingual lens, she works to uncover the universal and language-specific influences of early language experiences on children’s emerging neural architecture for learning to read, in typical development and dyslexia. Kovelman obtained her B.A. in Psychology at Queen’s University, Canada, her PhD at Dartmouth College and post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Dr. Ingrid Ichesco received her MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She completed her residency training in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan, and her fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Ichesco practices pediatric sports medicine and her clinic focuses on sport-related musculoskeletal injuries and concussion in youth athletes.

Dr. Ichesco is an Assistant Professor and is the Sports Medicine Section Chief in the Department of Pediatrics. She is a part of the Michigan NeuroSport Program. Her research interests include concussion education and prevention in youth athletes.

Dr. Jacob R. Joseph is a neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment and management of traumatic brain and spine injuries. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with Highest Honors. He then earned M.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He went on to complete a seven-year neurosurgical residency at the University of Michigan. Dr. Joseph then completed additional training in Neurotrauma and Complex Spinal Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh under the tutelage of Dr. David Okonkwo. His research focuses on the biomechanics, diagnosis, and management of brain and spine injuries.

Dr. Alsalaheen is a clinician-scientist with a research program focused on developing comprehensive approaches to identify and modulate factors associated with variations in concussion risks, recovery times, and rehabilitation outcomes. The majority of Dr. Alsalaheen’s work is in the area of clinical interventions for concussion including vestibular therapy, cervical physical therapy, ocular-motor training, and supervised exercise training. In collaborations with other interdisciplinary scientists, Dr. Alsalaheen employs a variety of laboratory, translational and clinical designs with an emphasis on knowledge translation and implementation science. In addition to his concussion research, Dr. Alsalaheen is a practicing clinician at Michigan NeuroSport clinic.