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Freeman Hosts VT Public Television/FRONTLINE Discussion on TBI in Sports

Kalev Freeman in the Research MRI Facility
Assistant Professor of Surgery Kalev Freeman, M.D., Ph.D., in the UVM Research MRI Facility (Photo by Raj Chawla, UVM Medical Photography)

With reported cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in athletes on the rise, researchers are working to better understand both the physiology behind these injuries and the consequences for patients.

On Tuesday, July 30, Vermont Public Television hosted a one-hour screening and web discussion on Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports. The screening featured excerpts from a PBS FRONTLINE program titled "Football High,” which explores the hyper-competitive culture of high school football, and a VPT production called “Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports.” This Emerging Science episode focuses on young athletes, and explores research spearheaded by Kalev Freeman, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator of the Trauma Physiology Laboratory at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and director of emergency medicine research at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Freeman’s lab uses state-of-the-art experimental techniques to better understand vascular responses to TBI, and MRI imaging to provide insight into the progression of disease.

Freeman was on-hand July 30 for online discussion and to answer questions and share the latest medical news on TBI. He was joined by Thomas Talavage, a professor of electrical & computer engineering and biomedical engineering at Purdue University. Talavage also serves as a principal investigator in the Purdue Neurotrauma Group and is co-director of the Purdue MRI Facility.

The screenings were held on VPT’s online engagement platform, OVEE, which allows viewers to discuss the film via chat during the screening. Learn more.