Mission of Elon BrainCARE:

For the past 8 years, the focus of Elon BrainCARE has been on elevating the quality of the mentored undergraduate research experience through concussion research and education as a result of an ongoing partnership with athletics. Elon BrainCARE has organized an annual symposiums, published peer-reviewed articles, presented at national and international organizations, and submitted multiple grants to external agencies. This work is a result of collaborations with students, staff, and faculty at Elon as well as University of Delaware, University of North-Carolina (Chapel Hill and Greensboro) and Harvard. Through this growth the aims have now expanded.

The purpose of the new Elon BrainCARE Research Institute is to help students and student-athletes thrive. Our mission is two-fold: 1) help create a supportive environment for students and student-athletes to become educated concerning the potential impact of concussions through evidence based practices and research; and 2) to create health promoting environments that support resilience and positive mental wellness.

Co-Directors

Elon Collaborators

External Collaborators

Sports Medicine Collaborators

Past Collaborators

  • Dr. Kenneth Barnes, Alamance-Burlington Schools
  • Dr. Paul Miller, Exercise Science
  • Dr. Wally Bixby, Exercise Science
  • Dr. Joseph Devaney,  Children's National Medical Center

Current Student Research Assistants

  • Lauren Brown '17 (SURE '15) - Student-Athlete, Basketball
  • Briana O'Grady '17 (SURE '16) - Student-Athlete, Track and Field
  • Jeanine Grabowski '17 (SURE '16)
  • Olise Obi '17
  • Danny Lynch '17
  • Bryce Kryzenski '17
  • Rachel Hallman '17
  • Corinne Kenny '18
  • Ian Heaton '18

Elon BrainCARE Research Assistants Alum

  • David Lawton '10 (DPT Student, Duke University)
  • Drew Gardner '12 (Medical Student ECU Brody School of Medicine); Student-Athlete, Soccer
  • Mark Sundman '12 (Research Fellow, Duke University)
  • Kelsey Evans '13 (MS Exercise Science, accepted to Medical School Aug 2016); Student-Athlete, Basketball
  • Jack Halligan '14 (accepted to Medical School Aug 2016)
  • Graham Cochrane '15 (MD/PhD student, University of Alabama)
  • Jordan Cottle '15 (MS Exercise Science, Wake Forest University
  • Emily Messerschmidt '15 (DPT student, Elon University
  • Kara Soler-Sala '15 (BSN student, Mass General Hospital)
  • Kayla Harvey '16 (MS student, University of Florida)
  • Julianne Beck '16
  • Kelsey Warren '16
  • Logan Standard '16

Products of Elon BrainCARE

Publications

  • Cottle J.E., Hall E.E., Ketcham C.J., Patel K., Barnes K.F. (in press). Pre-existing factors influence neurocognitive performance and symptoms on concussion baseline testing. Journal of Athletic Training.
  • Buckley, T.A., Johns, K.E., Hillis, C.J., Kelly, K.C., & Hall, E.E. (2015).  The role of the certified athletic trainer/therapist in concussion management.  Current Research: Concussion, 2 (2): 59-60.
  • Buckley, T.A., Vallabhajosula, S., Oldham, J., Munkasy, B.A., Evans, K.M., Krazeise, D.A., Ketcham, C.J., & Hall, E.E. (2015). Evidence of a conservative gait strategy in athletes with a history of concussions. Journal of Sport and Health Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jshs.2015.03.010
  • Hall, E.E., Ketcham, C.J., Crenshaw, C., Baker, M., McConnell, J., & Patel, K. (2015). Concussion management in collegiate student-athletes: Return-to-academics recommendations. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 25, 291-296. PMID: 25010153
  • Evans, K.M., Ketcham, C.J., Folger, S., Vallabhajosula, S., & Hall, E.E. (2015). Relationship between information processing and postural stability in collegiate division I NCAA athletes: Does concussion history matter? International Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 3, 2. http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2329-9096.1000268
  • Ketcham, C.J., Hall, E.E., Bixby, W.R., Vallabhajosula, S., Folger, S.E., Kostek, M.C., Miller, P.C., Barnes, K.P., & Patel, K. (2014). A neuroscientific approach to the examination of concussions in student-athletes. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 8, 94. doi: 10.3791/52046
  • Sundman, M.H., Hall, E.E., Chen, N. (2014). Examining the relationship between head trauma and neurodegenerative disease: A review of epidemiology, pathology and neuroimaging techniques. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinsonism, 4, 1. doi:10.4172/2161-0460.1000137

Presentations (published abstracts)

  • Brown, L.A., Hall, E.E., Ketcham, C.J., Patel, K., Buckley, T.A., Howell, D.R., & Vallabhajosula, S. (June 2016). Effect of dual-task on turning characteristics while walking among collegiate athletes. American College of Sports Medicine. Boston, MA.
  • Beck, J., Douglass, P., Folger, S., Bixby, W., Ketcham, C., Hall, E., & Patel, K. (February 2016). Somatosensory processing and neurocognitive performance during recovery from concussion. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine, Greenville, SC.
  • Warren, K., Standard, L., Hallman, R., Lynch, D., Ketcham, C., Hall, E., & Patel, K. (February 2016). The importance of sleep in concussion baseline neurocognitive testing in collegiate student-athletes. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine, Greenville, SC.
  • Bixby, W.R., Hall, E.E., Ketcham, C.J., Patel, K., & Barnes, K.P. (May 2015). Examination of electrical brain activity in student-athletes with and without a previous mTBI. American College of Sports Medicine. San Diego, CA.
  • Buckley, T.A., Vallabhajosula, S., Oldham, J., Munkasy, B.A., Evans, K.M., Krazeise, D.A., Ketcham, C.J., & Hall, E.E. (May 2015). Evidence of a conservative gait strategy in athletes with a history of concussions. American College of Sports Medicine. San Diego, CA.
  • Ketcham, C.J., Soler-Sala, K.G., Cottle, J., Cochrane, G., Hall, E.E., & Williams, E. (May 2015). Attention deficit disorders and history of concussions: Neurocognitive function in athletes across sport. American College of Sports Medicine. San Diego, CA.
  • Barnes, K.P., Cochrane, G.D., Kostek, M.C., Ketcham, C.J., Hall, E.E., & Patel, K. (April 2015). Effects of catechol-o-methyltransferase and dopamine receptor D2 genotypes on baseline cognitive performance in collegiate student-athletes. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Hollywood, FL. Abstract published in Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 25 (2), 211.
  • Barnes, K.P., Cottle, J.E., Hall, E.E., Ketcham, C.J., & Patel, K. (April 2015). Effects of comorbidities and exercise on neurocognitive performance and concussion history. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Hollywood, FL. Abstract published in Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 25 (2), 198.
  • Barnes, K.P., Bixby, W.R., Hall, E.E., Ketcham, C.J., & Patel, K. (April 2015). Brain electrical activity in collegiate student-athletes with and without a previous concussion. Abstract published in Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 25 (2), 198.
  • Soler-Sala, K.G., Ketcham, C.J., Hall, E.E., & Williams, E. (February 2015). Neurocognitive function in athletes with attention deficit disorders and history of concussions. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine. Jacksonville, FL. 3rd place Undergraduate Research Award.
  • Cottle, J.E., Hall, E.E., Ketcham, C.J., Barnes, K.P., & Patel, K. (November 2014). Neurocognitive performance and concussions: Influence of headaches, migraines, depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorders and exercise. Society for Neuroscience. Washington D.C. Abstract published in Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 132.10, D28.
  • Cochrane, G., Kostek, J., Ketcham, K., Hall, E., Barnes, K., & Patel, K. (November 2014). Effects of catechol-O-methyl transferase and dopamine receptor D2 genotypes on performance on computerized neurocognitive task performance in collegiate student athletes. Society for Neuroscience. Washington D.C. Abstract published in Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 132.05, D23.
  • Messerschmidt, E.L., Vallabhajosula, S., Ketcham, C.J., Hall, E.E., Barnes, K.P. & Patel, K. (November 2014). Changes in gait are more sensitive to current symptoms than history of concussion among varsity athlete. Society for Neuroscience. Washington D.C. Abstract published in Society for Neuroscience Abstracts 132.08, D26.
  • Ketcham, C.J., Cochrane, G.D, Cottle, J.E., Halligan, J.D., & Hall, E.E. (May 2014). Balance and cognitive load in college athletes. American College of Sports Medicine Meeting. Orlando, FL. Abstract published in Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 46, 5(Supp.), S693.
  • Cottle, J.E., Cochrane, G.D., Halligan, J.D., Hall, E.E., & Ketcham, C.J. (May 2014). Potential factors influencing performance on Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. American College of Sports Medicine Meeting. Orlando, FL. Abstract published in Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 46, 5(Supp.), S164.
  • Devaney, J.M., Ketcham, C., Barnes, K., Kostek, M., & Hall, E. (March 2014). Genetic variant in FTO Gene is not associated with concussion in college age sports participants. National Capital Area TBI Research Symposium. Washington, D.C.
  • Cochrane, G., Ketcham, C., & Hall, E. (February 2014). Balance and cognitive load in college athletes. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Meeting. Greenville, S.C.
  • Cottle, J.E., Hall, E.E., & Ketcham, C.J. (February 2014). Potential factors influencing performance on Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Meeting. Greenville, S.C. Undergraduate Research Finalist
  • Halligan, J.D., Hall, E.E., & Ketcham, C.J. (February 2014). The effect of concussions on cognitive function in asymptomatic NCAA collegiate student-athletes. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Meeting. Greenville, S.C. Undergraduate Research Finalist
  • Hall, E.E., Ketcham, C., Baker, M., McConnell, J. Patel, K., Crenshaw, C., Klossner, D., & Hainline, B. (November 2013). Developing return-to-academics protocol after suffering a concussion in student-athletes: A neuroscientific evidence based approach to improve education and awareness. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. Abstract published in Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 39, 26.01SU, NNN24.
  • Ketcham, C.J., Hall, E.E., Folger, S.E., Bixby, W.R., Miller, P.C., Vallabhajosula, S., & Barnes, K.P. (November 2013). Elon BrainCARE: Concussion education and outreach program for high school athletes. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. Abstract published in Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 26.02SU, NNN25.
  • Evans, K., Ketcham, C., Hall, E., & Folger, S. (June 2013). The relationship between postural stability and information processing in collegiate Division I NCAA athletes. Emerging Frontiers in Concussion: Advancements in Assessment, Management, and Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Hall, E., Cochrane, G., Evans, K., & Ketcham, C. (June 2013). Factors influencing performance on computerized neuropsychological assessment. Emerging Frontiers in Concussion: Advancements in Assessment, Management, and Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Evans, K., Ketcham, K., Folger, S., Vallabhajosula, S., Bailey, S., Bixby, W., Miller, P., Barnes, K., & Hall, E. (May 2013). Relationship between information processing and postural stability in collegiate and high school athletes. American College of Sports Medicine Meeting, Indianapolis, IN. Abstract published in Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 45, 5(Supp.), S240.
  • Vallabhajosula, S., Bailey, S., Ketcham, C., Folger, S., Bixby, W., Miller, P., Barnes, K., & Hall, E. (May 2013). Spatiotemporal gait variability among high school football players – Elon BrainCARE study. American College of Sports Medicine Meeting, Indianapolis, IN. Abstract published in Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 45, 5(Supp.), S587.
  • Barnes, K.P., Hall, E.E., & Kostek, M.C. (April 2013). The influence of the catechol-o-methyltransferase genotype on cognitive performance and concussion history in NCAA Division 1 college athletes. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Meeting, San Diego, CA. Abstract published in Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 23 (2), 131.
  • Barnes, K.P., Bailey, S.P., Bixby, W.R., Folger, S.E., Ketcham, C.J., Kostek, M.C., Miller, P.C., Vallabhajosula, S. & Hall, E.E. (April 2013). ELON BrainCARE: Concussion Assessment, Research and Education in college student-athletes. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Meeting, San Diego, CA. Abstract published in Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 23 (2), 154.
  • Evans, K.M., Sundman, M.H., Gardner, R.A., Ketcham, C.J., Hall, E.E., & Folger, S.E. (October 2012). Sensory integration of balance, simple sensory reaction time, and ImPACT scores in Division I collegiate athletes. Concussions in Athletics Conference, State College, PA.
  • Gardner, R.A., Sundman, M.H., Evans, K.M., Hall, E.E., Kostek, M.C., & Ketcham, C.J. (October 2012). The influence of the catechol-o-methyltransferase genotype on cognitive performance and concussion history. Concussions in Athletics Conference, State College, PA.
  • Hall, E.E., Ketcham, C.J., Bailey, S.P., Bixby, W.R., Folger, S.E., Kostek, M.C., Miller, P.C., Vallabhajosula, S., & Barnes. K. (October 2012). Elon BrainCARE: A neuroscience approach to examine the impact of concussions in college student-athletes. Concussions in Athletics Conference, State College, PA.
  • Ketcham, C.J., Hall, E.E., Folger, S.E., Bailey, S.P., Bixby, W.R., Miller, P.C., Vallabhajosula, S., & Barnes, K. (October 2012). ELON BrainCARE: Concussion Assessment, Research and Education outreach program for high school football athletes. Concussions in Athletics Conference, State College, PA.
  • Sundman, M.H., Hall, E.E., Gardner, R.A., Bixby, W.R., Miller, P.C., Folger, S.E., Kostek, M.C., Gordon B.S., & Barnes, K.P. (May 2012). Catechol-o-methyltransferase genotype influences cognitive performance and concussion history in college football players. American College of Sports Medicine Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Abstract published in Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 44, 5(Supp.), S570.
  • Sundman, M.H., Hall, E.E., Gardner, R.A., Bixby, W.R., Miller, P.C., Folger, S.E., Kostek, M.C., Gordon B.S., & Barnes, K.P. (February 2012). Catechol-o-methyltransferase genotype influences cognitive performance and concussion history in college football players. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Meeting, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Gardner, R.A., Hall, E.E., Lawton, D.J., Bixby, W.R., Miller, P.C., Folger, S.E., & Barnes, K.P. (June 2011). The influence of concussion history on cognitive performance in college athletes. American College of Sports Medicine, Denver, CO. Abstract published in Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 43, 5(Supp.), S423.

Invited Presentations (Eric Hall)

  • “The Concussion Epidemic: Education and Research, Is it Enough?” Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. November 16, 2015.
  • “Concussion Education in Alamance County.” Sports Medicine Symposium, Burlington, NC. June 13, 2013.
  • “The Elon Concussion Project: Examining the influence of concussion history in student-athletes” Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, South Carolina. July 8, 2011.

External Research Grants (received)

  • “The Elon Concussion Project:  The influence of Concussion History and Genetic Markers on Cognitive Performance in College Students-Athletes.” Funded $16,060 from American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Co-investigators: Drs. Ken Barnes, Walter Bixby, Eric Hall Paul Miller and Stephen Folger.  February 2012.
  • “Influence of concussion history on cognitive performance in college student-athletes: A cross-sectional and longitudinal examination.” Funded $16,995 from American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Co-investigators: Drs. Ken Barnes, Walter Bixby, Eric Hall, Paul Miller and Stephen Folger.  January 2011.
  • “Optimizing evidence-based strategies to increase sport-related concussion reporting by collegiate student-athletes’. Funded $400,000 from NCAA Mind Matters Challenge. University of North Carolina Greensboro. Consultant: Drs. Eric Hall; Caroline Ketcham
  • “Management and treatment of sport-related concussion: Early multidimensional rehabilitation versus enhanced graded exercise” Funded by NFL. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Intervention Site: Elon Dr. Eric Hall and Dr. Caroline Ketcham

External Research Grants (applied by not received)

  • NIH – NINDS (2016): R01 ‘Unresolved Post-Concussion Balance Deficits and Subsequent Musculoskeletal Injury’  PI: Thomas Buckley (University of Delaware), Ketcham, C.J. (Co-Investigator)
  • NIH (2015):  2 R15 NS070744-02 ‘Identification of Persistent Impairments in Postural Control Following Concussion’. PI: Barry Munkasy (Georgia Southern), Ketcham C.J. (Co-Investigator).
  • Hall E.E., Ketcham C.J. (2011) Access and Barriers to Experiential Learning and Career Development Opportunities for Elon University (Division I) Student-Athletes. Knights Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, $25,000
  • Hall E.E., Ketcham C.J. (2013) Elon BrainCARE Post-Career Study: A longitudinal assessment of genetics and concussion history on performance and quality of life in student-athletes. NCAA Research Proposals, $300,740

Symposiums (Eric Hall and Caroline Ketcham served as co-organizers)

  • 3rd Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium (February, 2016), Elon University, Elon, NC.
  • 2nd Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium (May, 2015), Elon University, Elon, NC.
  • 1st Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium (April, 2014), Elon University, Elon, NC

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