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Concussion Research Team

Robert Bartha, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University;
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute

Dr. Bartha is an imaging scientist with expertise in the development and application of MRI methods to study brain disease. He focuses on metabolic and functional measurements in the brain and correlation with anatomical changes using ultra-high magnetic field MRI scanners. Dr. Bartha has extensive experience in human and small animal neurological imaging applications.

Arthur Brown, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and Scientist, Robarts Research Institute

Dr. Brown has a long-standing interest in nervous system regeneration and has carried out preclinical studies in rodent models of spinal cord injury, stroke and traumatic brain injury. He has collaborated with Drs. Dekaban and Weaver to develop promising therapeutic strategies to treat concussion. The goal of these therapies is to stop the ongoing injury driven by inflammation and to promote nerve growth and plasticity.

Tanya Charyk Stewart, MSc

Injury Epidemiologist, Trauma Program, Children’s Hospital, London Heath Sciences Centre;
Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Surgery, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Ms. Charyk Stewart’s research interests include injury epidemiology, injury prevention programming and evaluations, injury geo-mapping and research, specializing in traumatic brain injuries and their prevention in the pediatric population.

Greg Dekaban, PhD

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University;
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute

Dr. Dekaban’s expertise is in developing immunotherapeutics that prevent or modify disease outcomes. His most recent efforts focused on characterizing the cellular inflammatory response to spinal cord injury and developing an antibody-based therapy to block leukocyte infiltration into the injured spinal cord. His research will contribute to a better understanding of the natural history of brain injury.

Timothy Doherty, MD, PhD

Chair/Chief, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Dr. Doherty is a clinician scientist in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. As chair of PM&R, Dr. Doherty has a leadership role in the development of integrated clinical, research and education programs for concussion and acquired brain injury at Parkwood Hospital. Dr. Doherty is involved in the clinical assessment of patients with concussion.

Lisa Fischer, MD

Assistant Professor,
Department of Family Medicine, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and Faculty of Health Sciences;
, Primary Care Sport Medicine, Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic (FKSMC)

Dr. Fischer is considered a leader in the clinical care of athletes with sport concussion, providing care for hundreds of athletes annually. She is the lead physician educator for the Clinical Medical Research Group and has worked with the physiotherapy division at the FKSMC in developing a post-concussive rehabilitation protocol for athletes with persistent symptoms.

Doug Fraser, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Departments of Paediatrics, Physiology & Pharmacology and Clinical Neurological Sciences, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University;
Physician, London Health Sciences Centre Paediatric Critical Care Unit;
Lead Researcher, Western Pediatric Concussion Study Group

Dr. Fraser provides medical care for brain injured patients in the Intensive Care Unit and on the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) service. His research interests are focused on all aspects of acquired brain injury, including epidemiology, cellular mechanisms, prognostic biomarkers and therapeutic interventions.

Jeffrey Holmes, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Occupational Therapy, Western University;
Occupational Therapist

Dr. Holmes’s research program focuses on the non-pharmacological management of neurological disorders, and includes clinical populations such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and acquired brain injury. He has extensive biomechanical experience in acquiring and analyzing biological signals as a means to objectively quantify balance and gait impairment.

Thomas R. Jenkyn, PhD, PEng

Associate Professor, Human Biomechanics, Faculty of Engineering, Western University

Dr. Jenkyn directs the Wolf Quantitative Imaging Laboratory (WOQIL), a 3D X-ray fluoroscopy lab at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic, which studies musculoskeletal injuries and trauma in athletes and patients. He also directs the Craniofacial Injury and Concussion Laboratory (CICL) at St. Joseph’s Hospital, which studies the biomechanics of facial trauma and mild traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Haojie Mao

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Head Mechanics

Professor Mao conducts research to better understand mechanisms of traumatic brain injury (TBI). He collaborates with neuroscientists, neurobiologists, and fellow engineers to develop both experimental and computational methods for analyzing biomechanical and biological responses of brain tissues to trauma events including sports-related collisions, blast waves, automotive accidents, and falls. He develops computational head models that allow researchers to immediately visualize and accurately quantify stresses and stretches across the entire brain. This research helps to better understand the causes of TBI and links to cognitive dysfunction, which can improve brain health with better protections, diagnostics, and therapeutics.

Ravi Menon, PhD

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Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics, Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University;
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute;
Canada Research Chair in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Dr. Menon is world-renowned for his work in functional magnetic resonance imaging and the development of new pulse sequences and hardware for ultra-high field MRI. His laboratory is developing novel high resolution imaging techniques at 3T, 7T and 9.4T that will allow the visualization of the causes and sequelae of neurodegenerative processes such demyelination, microhemorrhages, microglial activity and axonal death.

J. Kevin Shoemaker, PhD

Professor, School of Kinesiology, Western University;
Canada Research Chair in Integrative Physiology of Exercise and Health

Dr. Shoemaker’s research program investigates the physiological bases that determine how the autonomic nervous system controls blood pressure and the distribution of blood flow. His research extends from emphasis on both normal physiology in healthy individuals to the impact of central control of the autonomic nervous system in injury and disease.

Michael J. Strong, MD

Dean, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University;
Distinguished University Professor, Western University;
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute

Dr. Strong is internationally recognized for his research focusing on the cellular biology of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). His research has led to an understanding of the mechanisms by which intracellular deposits of protein are formed and how these aggregates contribute to the disease process of ALS. Strong also holds the Arthur J. Hudson Chair in ALS Research.

Theo Versteegh BSc PT, MSC, PhD (candidate)

Physiotherapist, Fowler-Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic

Mr. Versteegh, drawing on his training and experiences with varsity athletics, has sharpened his clinical expertise with both recreational and professional athletes. Theo has been a member of the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine team since 2008 with a specialty in treating sport concussion. His current research is focused on exploring the relationship between neck strength, neuromuscular function and concussion risk.

Lynne Weaver, DVM, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute

Dr. Weaver, as a neuroscientist and physiologist, has dedicated her research to developing treatments for spinal cord injury. She led the Spinal Cord Injury Team at Robarts and was responsible for most of the preclinical studies of the antibody-based acute anti-inflammatory (anti-CD11d) treatment for spinal cord injury in collaboration with Drs. Dekaban and Brown.

Arjang Yazdani, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Dr. Yazdani is an academic craniofacial surgeon who specializes in craniofacial reconstruction after injury. His research focuses on facial fractures and how they are associated with brain injuries. His research specifically looks at how an impact to the head causes force to dissipate through the face and skull. This work is vital to development of new forms of protective head gear.