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Campbell and Franks key speakers at concussion research seminar

June 1, 2017

DENVER – University of Denver Associate Athletic Director of Pioneer Health and Performance Julie Campbell took part in a concussion research seminar on Monday evening. The event was put on by the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging and was held at the Daniel Felix Richie School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Head men’s soccer coach Jamie Franks also spoke as part of a panel of speakers during the event, giving insight to what a collegiate coach sees with his student-athletes on the field on a daily basis and how concussions impact his handling of student-athletes and coaching methods.

The seminar talked about a study, a joint effort from multiple departments around campus, that began 18 months ago that is looking at the effects that concussions have in the physical, balance, emotional and cognitive level in Division I student-athletes.

The seminar was part of the Yale Family Endowed Lectureship Series.

The joint investigation features members from the fields of Psychology, Engineering, Chemistry, Pioneer Health and Performance and the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging.

“It’s an honor to be part of such a highly respected multi-disciplinary team to study concussions,” Campbell said. “DU Athletics is fortunate to be part of this ground-breaking research that can affect the lives of current and future student-athletes.”

Over 200 student-athletes signed up for the study and underwent a battery of tests, which range from balance tests to identifying key blood markers in an athlete’s blood.

The multi-department collaboration also aligns with the school’s strategic plan.

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