September 2023

The University of Michigan Concussion Center invites nominations and applications for two tenure-track faculty positions to work at one of the world’s preeminent research institutions. As one of the highest-ranked public universities in the nation, the Concussion Center is an international leader in research, clinical care, and education.

● One faculty position is open rank (Assistant, Associate or full Professor)

● One faculty position is at the Assistant Professor rank 

We are seeking passionate concussion researchers to help the center by developing and sharing groundbreaking ideas that translate laboratory, clinic, and community observations into knowledge products that reduce concussion risk and improve outcomes in those affected by the injury. The Concussion Center integrates our research, clinical, outreach & engagement cores to create novel solutions that advance concussion knowledge and protocols. All research domains related to concussion will be considered, including candidates focusing on social and cultural health disparities in concussion prevention, identification, and management.

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The Concussion Center got together at "The Big House" in Ann Arbor this past week in support of National Concussion Awareness Day, recognized on the third Friday of each September. We believe it's important to engage the community and ensure everyone has the information and tools needed to support better health for all. Use the links below to find updated educational resources, news content, and a link to our latest podcast.

Educational Materials

Meet Brooke Mills, Founder of National Concussion Awareness Day

We recently caught up with Brooke Mills, Founder of National Concussion Awareness Day. Mills shares her story following a concussion when she was only fourteen, and what motivated her to go on and become a chiropractor. Recently crowned Miss New Hampshire, Mills provides some inspiration for all. Listen to our latest podcast here.

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Special Journal Club Recap

On Friday, Sept. 15, over 100 guests joined the Concussion Center virtually for a Special Journal Club where we shared some great conversation around the 6th Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport. Lead author, Jon Patricios, Director of Waterfall Sports Orthopaedic Surgery, Johannesburg and Professor of Health Sciences at Wits University helped lead the discussion which brought up some great questions and answers. Watch the full recording here.

DEIJ in Action

Left: Dr. Eleanna Varangis and Adrian Bolts at Marygrove Block Party. Right: Dayne Hopkins fitting bike helmets at Beatty Early Learning Center.

Concussion Center's Summer Outreach for Safer Communities

The Concussion Center continued our commitment to community safety and well-being by participating in two events this summer. We joined the annual Marygrove Block Party organized by the Marygrove Conservancy in Detroit, Michigan where nearly 200 community members were provided with free, expertly fitted bike helmets. This was courtesy of Dr. Andy Hashikawa’s Pop-up Safety Town initiative, a pediatric injury prevention project supported by the AAA Auto Group. Later in the season, we marked our presence at the 2nd Annual Preschool Health Screening Expo organized by Washtenaw County in the Beatty Early Learning Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan. This event saw about 120 family members benefiting from both the educational resources and complimentary bike helmets. 

Learn More: One Helmet at a Time: Empowering Communities through Pop-up Safety Town

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Detroit Public School Community District Athletic Symposium: Safeguarding Tomorrow’s Athletes

“I  am so thankful to the University of Michigan Concussion Center for their continued partnership with DPSCD athletics. With their help, our coaches and staff are better equipped to help our student-athletes if they experience a concussion from start to finish.  In addition, they have given us a roadmap to better recognize, understand, care, provide, and how to get follow-up care regarding concussions,” said Jay Alexander, Executive Director of DPSCD Office of Athletics.

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From Elite Gymnastics to Medical School: Sabrina Sets the Bar High

A 5x All-American gymnast and part of the USA national team that won a world championship in 2011, Sabrina Vega shares her athletic and academic journey with us.

From growing up in New York to making her way to Ann Arbor, Vega shares her inspiration toward becoming a doctor and hopes to instill confidence in other athletes to pursue STEM education. Read Sabrina's full story using the link.

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Partnering with Michigan Athletics

The Concussion Center has offered baseline testing in collaboration with Michigan Athletics since 2018. This year, we continue our endeavor to gain valuable data and reinforce our commitment to student-athletes on campus and our research community.

By conducting these tests, we create a benchmark against which athletic trainers and clinicians can measure any potential changes in an athlete's condition following a head injury, said Michaela Broadnax, Research Laboratory Manager. These objective measures are drawn from some of the most advanced concussion assessment and management protocols for athletes, such as the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT6).

Concussion in the News

The State of Michigan Establishes Concussion Awareness Day

Dr. Steven Broglio worked with the UM Office of Government Relations to propose the state recognize National Concussion Awareness Day. After several discussions with state representatives and the support of State Rep. Carol Glanville, Gov. Whitmer's office issued a proclamation declaring Sept 15 Concussion Awareness Day in the state of Michigan.

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Concussion Center Events

Throughout the year, we engage in lectures and conversations with leading concussion experts on current topics and emerging research areas. Check out an upcoming Speaker Series to learn more!

2023 Fiscal Year Annual Report

Our dedicated team of researchers, clinicians, and trainees at the Concussion Center has been working around the clock to expand the horizons of understanding concussions. This year was marked by a surge in membership, publication numbers, newsletter subscribers, and social media presence. Today, we stand strong with member affiliations across 35 departments from 13 schools, colleges, and U-M campuses at Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn. Our faculty continue to push out new research, with over 250 publications, and have received over $84 million in support to date.

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Concussion Headliners Podcast

Do you ever wonder how concussion researchers got interested in the field? Or, what motivates people to promote brain health every day? Join us for some informal conversations with world-renowned concussion researchers, clinicians, and advocates to get to know them a little better.

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