Michael McCrea, PhD, ABPP

Director of Brain Injury Research, Medical College of Wisconsin

Scientific Advances in the Natural History of Concussion: Emerging Evidence from the NCAA-DoD CARE Consortium

Applied research over the past 20 years has produced major advances in the basic and clinical science of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion. Modern approaches have provided innovative paradigms for the study of concussion, with numerous methodological advantages over traditional approaches. This plenary session will provide an overview of early findings from the NCAA-DoD CARE Consortium, the largest and most comprehensive study of concussion in NCAA student-athletes and US Military Service Academy cadets. Research on the natural history and neurobiology of concussion will be presented, with a focus toward clinical translation.

Presenter Bio:

Michael McCrea, PhD, ABPP, is Tenured Professor and Eminent Scholar of Neurosurgery and Director of Brain Injury Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, as well as a research neuropsychologist at the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He is ABCN board-certified in clinical neuropsychology and is past President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN).

Dr. McCrea has been an active researcher in the neurosciences, with numerous scientific publications, book chapters, and national and international lectures on the topic of traumatic brain injury.  He authored the text Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Postconcussion Syndrome:  The New Evidence Base for Diagnosis and Treatment published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. McCrea has led several large, multi-center studies on the effects of traumatic brain injury and sport-related concussion.  He currently is co-PI on the NCAA-DoD CARE Consortium and several other large-scale studies investigating the acute and chronic effects of TBI in various populations at risk.

Dr. McCrea serves as a neuropsychology consultant for the Green Bay Packers.  He served as a panelist on the 2008 and 2012 Zurich International Consensus Conference on Sports Concussion and currently serves on the scientific committee for the 2016 International Consensus Conference.