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Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University form research consortium
Date:2/6/2012

Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University are joining forces to form the Cleveland Traumatic Neuromechanics Consortium (TNC), which will investigate and develop better protection and treatment strategies for head, neck and spinal injuries related to sports, military service and automobile accidents.

The center will be led by researchers who have collaborated on state-of-the-art research in collision sports. They recently reported that today's football helmets offer no better protection than early 20th Century leather helmets in re-creations of near-concussive blows commonly suffered during games and practices.

Adam Bartsch Ph.D., Director of the Cleveland Clinic Head, Neck and Spine Research Laboratory, and Vikas Prakash Ph.D., Director of Impact Mechanics and Crashworthiness Laboratory and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Case Western Reserve's Case School of Engineering, have been named co-directors.

"This initiative aligns with a fundamental principle of our strategic plan namely, the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration," said W.A. "Bud" Baeslack, Provost and Executive Vice President of Case Western Reserve University. "By combining the expertise of extraordinarily talented researchers from two world-class institutions in Cleveland, we have the potential to make a significant positive difference in people's lives."

Michael Modic, M.D., Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute, added, "This consortium brings together key strengths of both institutes the clinical care, research and expertise in neuromechanics at Cleveland Clinic and the engineering proficiency at Case Western. Such collegiality will create a formidable platform to solve complicated clinical-engineering neurological problems."

In the near-term, Bartsch and Prakash aim to rapidly turn the consortium into a national and internationally recognized leader in the exploration of traumatic neuromec
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Contact: Kevin Mayhood
kevin.mayhood@case.edu
216-368-4442
Case Western Reserve University
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