Concussion Neuroimaging Consortium

Concussion is a major public health concern. To expedite neuroimaging research focused on neuropathophysiological sequelae of concussive injury, with endorsement from their home institutions, leading MRI researchers from multiple institutions have joined forces to form the Concussion Neuroimaging Consortium.

Our mission is to advance evidence-based medicine for traumatic brain injury by establishing best-practices for diagnosis, prognosis, and management of head injuries.  A fundamental aspect of this effort is to inform and advance the definition of traumatic brain injury using multi-disciplinary approaches.  Neuroimaging-based approaches will be used to assess and evaluate existing and novel methods for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of brain injury. As a neuroimaging consortium, we seek affordable, accessible and efficient solutions for improving care of head injuries, including non-imaging technologies. This mission will be best accomplished through open and transparent multi-institutional collaborations with both public and private entities.

Principal Investigators

Julian Bailes, M.D.

Julian Bailes, M.D.
NorthShore University HealthSystem

Bennett Tarkington Chairman
Department of Neurosurgery
Co-Director, NorthShore Neurological Institute
Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Stephen Bravo, M.D.

Stephen Bravo, M.D.
University of Central Florida

Assistant Professor of Radiology
College of Medicine
Medical Director
Sand Lake Imaging
Orlando, FL

Hans Breiter, M.D.

Hans Breiter, M.D.
Northwestern University

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Feinberg School of Medicine

David Kaufman, D.O.

David Kaufman, D.O.
Michigan State University

Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology

Zhong-Lin Lu, Ph.D.

Zhong-Lin Lu, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University

Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Psychology and Optometry
Director of the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Director of Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging

Dennis L. Molfese, Ph.D.

Dennis L. Molfese, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Mildred Francis Thompson Professor
Director, Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior
Director, Big Ten/CIC/Ivy League Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration
Director, Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory, National Institutes of Health Reading & Learning Disabilities Research Network
Linda Papa

Professor, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Director of Academic Clinical Research
Attending Emergency Physician
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Associate Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, University of Florida College of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University
CORE-EM - NIH SIREN Network Principal Investigator

Todd Parrish, Ph.D.

Todd Parrish, Ph.D.
Northwestern University

Director of Neuroimaging Research
Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering

Semyon Slobounov, Ph.D.

Semyon Slobounov, Ph.D.
Penn State University

Professor of Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Development
Professor of Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics and Medical Rehabilitation with Hershey Medical College
Director of Penn State Center for Sports Concussion Research and Services

Thomas Talavage, Ph.D.

Thomas Talavage, Ph.D.
Purdue University

Professor, School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Professor, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
Founding Co-Director, Purdue MRI Facility

David Zhu, Ph.D.

David Zhu, Ph.D.
Michigan State University

Professor of Radiology, Psychology
and (adjunct) Electrical & Computer Engineering
Lead of Cognitive Imaging Research Center


NeuroImage: Clinical

The effect of repetitive subconcussive collisions on brain integrity in collegiate football players over a single football season: A multi-modal neuroimaging study. READ MORE.

First Annual CNC Scientific Meeting

The first Annual Scientific Meeting of the Concussion Neuroimaging Consortium was successfully completed at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln between October 20 and 21, 2015.

C.I.C. Committee on Institutional Cooperation

CNC joint presentation in the recent BIG 10/CIC/IVY League TBI Summit

Over the last 5 years our CNC members have published over 350 papers that focus on TBI, imaging, neurocognitive processes and neuropsychological development.

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A Call to Arms: The Need to Create an Inter-Institutional Concussion Neuroimaging Consortium to Discover Clinically Relevant Diagnostic Biomarkers and Develop Evidence-Based Interventions to Facilitate Recovery

Bailes J, Bravo S, Breiter H, Kaufman D, Lu Z, Molfese D, Parrish T, Slobounov S, Talavage T, Zhu D.

Featured in Developmental Neuropsychology.

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PET brain scan

PET Scans Reveal Brain Disease in Retired NFL Players

In the past few years, national media attention has revolved around several high-profile cases of athletes who committed suicide and were later found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that appears in people with a history of repeated traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Contact Information

Hans Breiter, M.D.
Abbott Hall Suite 1302
710 N Lake Shore Drive
Chicago IL 60611

Semyon Slobounov, Ph.D.
268P Recreation Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802