Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance (CSMHHP)

To advance the study of nervous system injury and the neuroscience of sports-related conditions, specifically prevention, response, and recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI) — a major cause of death and disability in the United States.

High-potential joint UMB and UMCP teams are receiving seed funding to spark new research in novel approaches to head injury, including functional mapping of brain activity, spinal cord injury repair, and the effect of TBI on human genes and microbes. The research stimulates the submission of proposals to federal, public, and private funding agencies.

Researchers are examining innovative techniques and approaches that link UMB’s strengths in TBI and spinal injury with UMCP’s strengths in complementary areas in computer science, engineering, physics, and biology.

The center’s research program will occupy 40,000 square feet of space in the renovated Cole Field House at UMCP, expected to be completed in 2020.


Read more: Cutting-Edge Center at New Cole Field House Will Focus on Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention and Recovery



The scientific effort is led by two co-directors: Alan I. Faden, MD, from UMB and Elizabeth M. Quinlan, PhD, from UMCP. Together, they set the scientific agenda and distribute program funding.

Alan I. Faden, MD
University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)
Dr. Faden is a leading medical researcher in the treatment of brain trauma and other central nervous system injuries. As director of the Center for Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) & National Study Center for Trauma and EMS (NSC), Dr. Faden oversees multidisciplinary research focusing on brain injuries, concussion, critical care and organ support, resuscitation, surgical outcomes, patient safety and injury prevention. The NSC, part of the STAR research center, is renowned throughout the U.S. and internationally as a leader in research related to the causes, treatment and outcomes of traumatic injury and sudden illness, and is the first research center in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the study of trauma, its complications and its prevention
Dr. Faden received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and neurology training at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). He is the David S. Brown Professor in Trauma, and professor of anesthesiology, anatomy & neurobiology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and neurology at the School of Medicine at UMB; and research professor of kinesiology at UMCP. He is the founding editor-in-chief of Neurotherapeutics and is on the editorial board of five journals.
Elizabeth M. Quinlan, PhD
University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP)
Dr. Quinlan is a neuroscientist who studies the impact of age and experience on the function of cortical circuits. She received a PhD in biology/neuroscience in 1993 from the University of Illinois at Chicago and postdoctoral training in neuroscience at the University of Virginia in the laboratory of Shelly Halpain, PhD, and Brown University in the laboratory of Mark Bear, PhD. She joined the faculty of the Department of Biology (CMNS) at UMCP in 2001, where she is currently a professor. She is a founding member and director of the Physiological Systems graduate program at UMCP, serves on the executive committee of the Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences Program (NACS/BSOS) and is a member of the Steering Committee of the campuswide Brain and Behavior Initiative. Dr. Quinlan is an associate editor at Visual Neuroscience. She has pioneered the use of sensory deprivation to promote plasticity and “rejuvenate” circuits in the mammalian cortex to recover function lost by disuse. This work was recognized in 2010 with The Advancement of Science Award, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.




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