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The Concussion Recognition and Response iPhone app, authored by Dr. Gerard A. Gioia and Dr. Jason Mihalik, was recently deemed the number 1 concussion smartphone application geared towards parents.

Read more: Concussion Apps: Some Worth Downloading, Some Not So Much

Smashfest! Charity Ping-Pong Challenge raises more than $20,000 for concussion research

Dr. Jason Mihalik has co-authored a smartphone app to help determine whether someone has suffered a concussion. That smartphone app is now up for a 2012 Appy Award and is 1 of 3 finalists in the running for Medical app of the year. His team is being nominated in the same category as Medscape's WebMD app. Read the story for more details: Concussion? There’s an app for that

Lisa Gfeller and Kevin Guskiewicz spoke about catastrophic youth sports injuries at The 2011 Youth Sports Safety Summit on December 6th in Washington, D.C. U.S. News and World Report featured their story in an article titled Parents Speak Out on Catastrophic Youth Sports Injuries.

The work of Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz and his research team was recently featured in two articles by USA Today. USA Today highlights Dr. Guskiewicz’s research regarding head impacts on the football field, his work with retired NFL players, and the path he followed to on his way to becoming a nationally recognized concussion expert. 

Links to the USA Today articles:
‘Genius’ concussion researcher tries to make football safer
UNC concussion researcher suffered hard knocks of his own

Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz was named as a 2011 MacArthur Fellow! “The MacArthur Fellowship is an unrestricted award given to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits. The 22 fellows, nominated anonymously by leaders in their respective fields, each receive “no strings attached” support over the next five years... Although nominees are reviewed for their achievements, the fellowship is not a reward for past accomplishment, but rather an investment in a person's originality, insight, and potential. Indeed, the purpose of the MacArthur Fellows Program is to enable recipients to exercise their own creative instincts for the benefit of human society.”

Dr. Register-Mihalik is the recipient of the University of Alabama’s College of Human Environmental Sciences Jack Davis Professional Achievement Award. This award is given annually to recognize professional accomplishments in administration, education, extension, research or business in several fields of Human Environmental Sciences.

Dr. Register-Mihalik was recently awarded a UNC Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Award. 

Dr. Jason Mihalik has co-authored a smartphone app (Apple iOS/Android) with Dr. Gerard Gioia (Children’s National Medical Center) designed to provide coaches and parents a resource to assist them in recognizing and responding to concussions in youth athletes. Priced at only $3.99, all author royalties are being donated back to the Matthew Gfeller Center and the CNMC Foundation to fund concussion research.

Our Inaugural Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Neurotrauma Symposium was a great success! Over 160 Allied Health Care Professionals attended the symposium. We would like to thank all those participants, our commercial sponsors (CNS Vital Signs LLC; Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.; Collins Sports Medicine), and our invited speakers (not all pictured below).