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Abby Bretzin

Abby Bretzin, PhD, ATC

Abigail Bretzin is a Research Investigator and member in the Department of Emergency Medicine and member of the Michigan Injury Prevention Center. Before joining the Michigan Injury Prevention Center, Dr. Bretzin completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, gaining advanced training in epidemiology. During her postdoctoral studies, she also completed NIH funded training programs in sleep (T32 HL 007713) and traumatic brain injury (T32 NS 043126). Dr. Bretzin earned her PhD in Kinesiology at Michigan State University.

Dr. Bretzin’s research includes primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of traumatic brain injury (TBI), specifically sport-related concussion. Her research examines the epidemiology of concussion and TBI, related health disparities, and long-term outcomes of the injury and repetitive head impact exposure. Dr. Bretzin is also a member of the Data Coordinating Core of the Ivy League – Big Ten Epidemiology of Concussion Study, leading analyses and study dissemination activities. Her research also engages under-represented communities, with attention to male and female differences in sport-related concussion incidence and outcomes.

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.

Eric Ichesco is a Research Lab Specialist and Senior Neuroimaging Analyst at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center in the Department of Anesthesiology. He has also served in roles with the Functional MRI Laboratory and the School of Dentistry. Eric has a degree in Movement Science from the University of Michigan. 

Darryl Conway serves as the Senior Associate Athletic Director & Chief Health & Welfare Officer for University of Michigan Athletics. Darryl holds a master’s degree from Adelphi University (’95) in Sports Medicine and Sports Management and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware (’93) in Physical Education Studies and Athletic Training.

In addition to being a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Darryl has worked with various SWAT Teams as their Tactical Medic and Athletic Trainer, and as a volunteer EMT, and has been an American Red Cross first aid, CPR, and AED instructor for 30 years.  Darryl serves as the Chair of the NATA’s Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC), is a member of the NATA’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Advocacy (DEIA) Task Force, Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society (MATS) Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society (MATS) AT Cares Committee, NATA Research & Education Foundation (REF) Development Task Force, & the NATA’s Educationalist Community Diversity Recruitment & Retention Work Group.  Darryl served as Co‐Chair of the NCAA’s Diverse Student‐ Athlete Mental Health & Well‐Being Task Force, is a member of the State of Michigan Board of Athletic Trainers, the State of Michigan Board of Athletic Trainers Disciplinary Sub‐Committee & Rules Sub‐Committee, the Board of Certification of Athletic Trainers (BOC) Reinstatement Committee, and previously served on the NATA Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE).    Darryl also serves as an Instructor Trainer for American Red Cross CPR / AED / First Aid Instructor Courses, a Senior Clinical Instructor with Sports Medicine Concepts, owner of Conway Ventures, LLC, Founding Partner & Continuing Education Coordinator of Sports Medicine Emergency Management, LLC (SMEM), an Associate Expert with The Rehberg‐ Konin Group, an Instructor & Ambassador with Stop the Bleed, and has worked as an Athletic Trainer at the Winter X Games and various Red Bull extreme events.  Darryl was also a member of the Spine Injury in Sports Group (SISG), is a member of the Xenith Scientific Advisory Committee, and a consultant for RG Medical Diagnostics.  Darryl was named as a Distinguished Athletic Trainer by the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society (MATS) in 2022, a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) in 2019 and was recognized by the College Athletic Trainers’ Society (CATS) in 2018 with the prestigious Quality of Life Award.