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Marquette Presents

CONCUSSION - Societal Impact of Sports-related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Join us for a complimentary breakfast forum. Concussions are not a new injury, but an awareness of their
frequency and long-term impact is increasing rapidly and requires our immediate attention. Be a part of this
important and timely conversation.

Monday, January 28th

CHS Logo7:15 a.m. Complimentary continental breakfast
7:45 a.m. Program begins; networking to follow
9:30 a.m. Event concludes

Alumni Memorial Union - Monaghan Ballroom

1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Marquette campus

With media accounts of sports-related concussion appearing with alarming regularity, many concerns have
arisen among athletes, coaches, parents, and the medical community. What are the long-term effects of
concussion? How can it best be determined if a concussion has occurred? What is the impact on the developing
brain? What can be done to prevent one? Join Marquette alumni, parents, students and community members
for a multifaceted and in‑depth exploration of the many issues around sports-related concussions.

Principal Panelist

Michael McCrea, Ph.D.

Michael McCrea, Ph.D., is a professor of neurosurgery and neurology and director of brain injury research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a research neuropsychologist at the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center. He is an active researcher in the neurosciences, with numerous scientific publications, book chapters, and national and international lectures on the topic of traumatic brain injury to his name, including participation in the NCAA Concussion Study. He co-authored the Standardized Assessment of Concussion, a rapid, field deployable cognitive screening tool for evaluation of athletes affected by concussion. He is the principal investigator on a large U.S. Department of Defense-funded study that involves a head-to-head investigation of the reliability, validity and clinical utility of several computerized neurocognitive assessment tools used in the evaluation of traumatic brain injury.

George E. Koonce, Jr., Ph.D. George E. Koonce, Jr., Ph.D., played professional football for 10 years — eight in Green Bay, one in Seattle and one with NFL Europe — and helped the Green Bay Packers to their Super Bowl XXXI title. Following his time with the NFL, he served as senior associate athletics director at Marquette University, athletics director at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, director of player development for the Green Bay Packers and special assistant to the athletic director at East Carolina University. He recently earned his doctorate at Marquette. His dissertation focused on role transition and problems faced by retired NFL players. He is a member of the NFL Player Engagement Advisory Board, appointed by Commissioner Roger Goodell.
David Leigh, M.S., L.A.T., A.T.C. David Leigh, M.S., L.A.T., A.T.C. is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Exercise Science at Marquette University. He joined the faculty of the College of Health Sciences in 1999. From 1984-2002 he was the head athletic trainer at Marquette. He has many years of experience with contact and collision sports and has a research interest in the study of concussions.
Matt Mitten, J.D.

Matt Mitten, J.D., is a professor of law and the director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School. A leading sports law scholar, he has authored several books on the topic and formerly chaired the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.

Carolyn Smith, M.D. Carolyn Smith, M.D., is executive director of the Marquette University Student Health Service; clinical professor, College of Health Sciences; as well as team physician for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. She and her staff of physician assistants, health educators, dietitians, nurses, medical assistants and lab technicians respond to more than 10,000 student visits for treatment annually. She is board certified in family practice with additional qualification in sports medicine. An athlete herself, she is a six- time member of the 100K National Ultramarathon Team as well as a board member for Special Olympics Wisconsin.
William E. Cullinan, Ph.D.

William E. Cullinan, Ph.D., is professor and dean of the Marquette University College of Health Sciences and director of the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center, the university’s largest research collaboration comprising more than 30 faculty members. His research program focuses on brain pathways responsible for regulating hormonal responses to stress and their relationship to mental health issues such as depression.



To register or for questions or special needs, please contact Kathleen Ludington, director of
development, College of Health Sciences at 414.288.1410 or

The forum is free. Complimentary continental breakfast and parking in the 16th Street Parking Structure (located between Wisconsin Avenue and Wells Street) will be provided.

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