Repetitive Head Impacts

The overarching aim of our research is to detect and to characterize alterations in the brain's structure, function, connectivity, and metabolism due to exposure to repetitive head impacts. Our group was the first to show alterations in the brain’s microstructure following repetitive head impacts in young soccer players, as well as structural changes in ice hockey players over the course of a play season. We detected signs of accelerated aging and neuroinflammation associated with exposure to repetitive brain trauma.