Concussion Research

MCW to Lead Advanced Research Core for NCAA and Dept. of Defense $30 million Concussion Initiative

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has been selected to lead the research core in the most comprehensive study of concussion and head impact exposure in sports ever conducted. 

Michael McCrea, PhD, professor of neurology and neurosurgery and the director of brain injury research at MCW will direct the Advanced Research Core (ARC), one of three main pillars of the project. The Advanced Research Core will conduct cutting-edge studies that incorporate head impact sensor technologies, advanced neuroimaging, biological markers and detailed clinical studies in studying the acute effects and early patterns of recovery from sport-related concussion. Dr. McCrea’s study of concussion spans two decades and has involved the enrollment of more than 10,000 student athletes in southeastern Wisconsin.

The $30 million initiative, which was announced by President Obama today at the White House Healthy Kids & Sports Concussion Summit, is a joint initiative between the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). This effort will be executed through the Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium, and MCW will serve as one of three Coordinating Centers for the Consortium. 

Learn more

Scientific Advances in Sport-Related Concussions

Download Dr. Michael McCrea's presentation on sports-related concussions from the 2013 concussion awareness event.