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 What: Research + Pizza: Dr. Steven Kornguth talks about sports-related head injuries.  This event is free and open to the public.

When: Noon, Wednesday, September 3.

Where: Perry-Castañeda Library, UFCU Student Learning Commons (PCL 2.500), The University of Texas at Austin.

Background: Research + Pizza returns just in time for the start of football season, featuring a campus neuroscientist who’s current work with brain imaging is shedding light on sports-related head trauma.

Dr. Steven Kornguth, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, will discuss his research on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at the noontime lecture series.

Head injury in sport has made news lately, with timely concerns emerging in the run-up to this summer’s World Cup, and high-profile stories about injuries the NFL and the NCAA. From his work with soccer players and TBI diagnostics using imaging and biochemistry, Dr. Kornguth — along with colleagues including Dr. Jeff Luci, Dr. Grady Rylander and Dr. Kerry Oliver — is looking at changes in the brain and blood to develop a set of criteria for identifying persons whose concussions place them at increased risk for long-term brain injury.

With the critical cooperation of the Athletic Department Medical team, women soccer athletes and coaches and administrators, Kornguth and his colleagues have the sort of institutional access needed to thoroughly study this modern phenomenon.

Kornguth was previously Professor of Neurology and of Biomolecular Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, and has served as Director of Neuroscience programs at the National Science Foundation for a two-year period. He also works as consultant for the Institute for Defense Analyses, biotechnology, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Free Pizza (while it lasts) generously provided by program supporter Austin’s Pizza.

Research + Pizza is a lunchtime lecture series featuring research presentations by faculty from across the university.  

Article published on August 25, 2014 - 9:31am

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