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Dayne Hopkins

Dayne Hopkins is the Communications Strategist for the U-M Concussion Center. He supports the center through various communications and marketing efforts. Dayne will serve as the point of contact for marketing and media requests, as well as overseeing website content and the development of other marketing collateral. 

Before joining the Concussion Center, Dayne was the communications and marketing specialist for the College of Innovation & Technology at the University of Michigan-Flint were he focused on digital advertising, social media content, and news media. Dayne also has a passion for photography and enjoys the continued pursuit of new marketing trends as technology progresses and new platforms arise.

Reid Syrydiuk is a PhD student in the Michigan Concussion Center under the supervision of Dr. Steve Broglio. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Reid completed his undergraduate degree in psychology & health studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, and completed his Masters of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta. His research interests include concussion prevention in sport, policy change aiming to improve concussion safety, and clinical outcomes following concussion.

Reid is one of the facilitators for the Concussion Center’s monthly Journal Club.

Adrian is a doctoral student in the Movement Science program training under Dr. Steven Broglio. Before coming to U-M, Adrian worked (and continues to work) at the Datalys Center Sports Injury Research and Prevention as the Research Associate for the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program. His research interests include using advanced statistical techniques to study the effects of concussion on sleep and to predict recovery time using concussion symptomology, clinical assessments, and physiological changes associated with concussions.

Adrian is one of the co-presenters for the Concussion Center’s monthly Journal Club.

Jiyoon Lee joined the Michigan Concussion Center in October 2022 as our Marketing and Media Intern. Jiyoon is currently an undergraduate at the University of Michigan majoring in Communication.

At the Concussion Center, her primary duty is to assist in the production of marketing campaigns while incorporating communication methods to promote center-related video content across digital platforms. As an intern, she is also responsible for managing the center’s social media accounts, following through with media requests, and providing media support for events. 

Dr. Landon Lempke joined the University of Michigan in 2022. He completed his bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Illinois State University in 2016; master’s degree in kinesiology at the University of Virginia in 2017; doctoral degree in exercise science-biomechanics at the University of Georgia in 2021; and post-doctoral research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2022. He has numerous publications in the field of concussion, sports medicine, and biomechanics.

His research has been funded by multiple past and present grants from organizations such as the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. His current research broadly aims to address how to best prevent, assess, and clinically manage and rehabilitate concussions. Specifically, his research focuses on reaction time, human movement biomechanics, objective return to play decision-making, and overall optimizing clinical practice related to concussion.

For his work, Lempke has been recognized by numerous organizations, such as the American Kinesiology Association’s Doctoral Scholar Award in 2021 and the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM) society’s Mininder S. Kocher Most Promising Career Award in 2019.

Michaela Broadnax joined the Center in November 2022 as the Research Area Specialist and Research Laboratory Manager for Dr. Eleanna Varangis’ Lab within the U-M School of Kinesiology.

Prior to joining the Center, she was a lead research coordinator at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU SOM) and outreach coordinator for the multi-institutional Cleveland Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (CADRC). During her tenure at CWRU SOM and the CADRC, she analyzed qualitative data, trained research staff members, collected quantitative research data, nurtured institutional and community partner relationships, and gathered preliminary data on recruitment needs for underrepresented populations on 3 National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded grants. She has spent the last two years working with clinicians and researchers from high-ranked academic medical centers, such as Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, and Michigan Medicine.

Matthew Morley joined the Concussion Center as a Clinical Research Coordinator in November 2022. Before joining the center, Matthew was a project coordinator at the Institute for Social Research, where he oversaw data collection, outreach, training, and data management of longitudinal studies involving human aggression and youth exposure to violence at the Aggression Research Group. He also spent five years working at the ICPSR data archive, where he managed and curated data for projects funded by the NIH, NCAA, CDC, NIJ, and OPRE. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California, and his master’s degree in political science from San Diego State University.

Tina Chen joined the center in February 2022 as our managing director. Tina holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. Before joining the center, Tina was the university engagement manager with the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. She oversaw cross-campus collaborations in volunteer management and nurtured stakeholder relationships internally and externally. In addition, she has over a decade of experience in clinical research from various world-renowned academic medical centers, including Michigan Medicine, MDAnderson Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Baylor College of Medicine.

Nicole L’Heureux earned her BSN from University of Michigan and began her career at University of Michigan Hospital before relocating to the Southwest, where she worked as a critical care nurse while earning her MBA.

Following several years in a direct patient care role, Nicole accepted the position of Cardiovascular Research Nurse at Banner-University Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ.  As the CV Research Nurse, Nicole was responsible for regulatory compliance, and oversight and administration of all research study procedures.

While at Banner-University Medical Center, Nicole also held the position of Outreach Supervisor, responsible for bridging the gap between the specialized clinical and educational needs of remote medical service providers and the medical expertise Banner-University Medical Center offered as a tertiary care medical provider.

Nicole recently returned to University of Michigan as a research coordinator on the CARE Consortium Longitudinal Study, and is looking forward to her role on the Michigan Concussion Center team.

Sandra Frolich is the Administrative Assistant of the Michigan Concussion Center, whose strong organizational and communications skills, along with her willingness to learn anything new, successfully supports the Center by coordinating events, travel, and meetings.

Frolich joined the university in 2017 after more than a decade in the publishing and book manufacturing industry as the sales and marketing manager for Thomson-Shore. Frolich coordinated events and shows, redesigned the website, and oversaw advertising.

Frolich has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern Michigan University.