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

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

IMPACT: The center will advance the study of nervous system injury and the neuroscience of sports-related conditions, specifically prevention, response, and recovery from traumatic brain injury.
The center will showcase the power of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State by integrating research in neuroscience and biomechanics associated with sports injury and recovery. This center will be located at College Park’s renovated Cole Field House. It represents the first shared facility created by the Strategic Partnership. More than 40,000 square feet of space will be dedicated to traumatic brain injury research and orthopaedic care. Faculty from both universities are actively developing a plan for work in these areas.


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



To begin the scientific effort, two co-directors will lead the CSMHHP: Alan I. Faden, MD, from UMB and Elizabeth M. Quinlan, PhD, from UMCP. Together, they will set the scientific agenda and distribute program funding. The co-directors will receive administrative oversight from selected deans at both universities. In addition, there will be an internal Scientific Advisory Committee of qualified faculty representing each university.

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.


Scientific Advisory Committee

University of Maryland, College Park

Patrick Kanold, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Institute for Systems Research
College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Wolfgang Losert, PhD
Professor, Department of Physics
Associate Dean for Research, College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Luiz Pessoa, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, Maryland Neuroimaging Center
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Jonathan Simon, PhD
Professor, Departments of Biology and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute for Systems Research
A. James Clark School of Engineering

Amitabh Varshney, PhD
Director, University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
Professor, Department of Computer Science
College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Bradley D. Hatfield, PhD (ex-officio)
Professor and Chair, Department of Kinesiology
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs,
School of Public Health

University of Maryland, Baltimore

Peter B. Crino, MD, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Neurology
School of Medicine

Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Chair, Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science
School of Nursing

Elias R. Melhem, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
School of Medicine

Peter Swaan, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Pharmacy

Scott M. Thompson, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology
School of Medicine


  • Categories: Research