Help QBI make a difference
Australia has a strong sporting culture. We love our sport: we watch our kids grow up playing it on the weekends, and our professional athletes are household names. The nature of contact sports means that head knocks are sometimes unavoidable. But changing the fundamental rules of these sports isn’t the only way to make them safer. Through research, we can improve the diagnosis and management of concussive episodes. Finding a suitable biomarker to test for concussion will enable rapid diagnosis and reduce the risk of repeated head injury. And imaging technology is helping us understand how concussion affects the brain. Longitudinal studies to track brain changes have never been undertaken before, and are the missing piece of the concussion puzzle. In the long-term, they are critical to understanding the lasting consequences of head injury, and will enable us to intervene early and prevent or reduce lasting damage. Through research, we can begin to tackle some of concussion’s unanswered questions.
Special thanks to Rate City and the Maclean family for kicking off the campaign with generous donations.
QBI is home to more than 450 staff and students who are dedicated to understanding how the brain works, how it can be repaired, and how we can harness its full potential.
One-third of the burden of disease in Australia is caused by brain and mental health disorders, including conditions caused by illness, genetics, or traumatic injury. QBI scientists work tirelessly to better understand the brain, and develop new treatments for disorders including dementia, stroke, intellectual and learning disabilities, Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease, depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.
QBI is keen to consolidate this depth of experience to start a dedicated concussion research centre.
Help us: together we can understand more about concussion, improve concussion management techniques and, importantly, develop diagnostic and preventative tools as well as long-term treatment.
About The Brain Series: Concussion
The Brain Series: Concussion was produced by the Queensland Brain Institute in partnership with the Australian Athletes' Alliance. The AAA is the peak body for Australia’s elite professional athletes.
Publisher: Professor Pankaj Sah
Editor: Karen McGhee
Online Editor: Donna Lu
Writers: Donna Lu, Dr Alan Woodruff, Bianca Nogrady
Additional Editorial Support: Carolyn Barry
Clinial Editor: Associate Professor Terry Coyne
Designer: Ivan Chow
Photography: Dr Nick Valmas, Marnie McLaren
Illustrations: Dr Levent Efe, Dr Nick Valmas
Video Production: Jim Maloney, Tama Enright
Marketing and Communications: Mikaeli Costello, Kirsten MacGregor, Andrea Markey
Publishing Consultant: Kylie Ahern
Supported by: the Australian Athletes' Alliance, representing –
- Australian Cricketers’ Association
- Australian Football League Players’ Association
- Australian Jockeys’ Association
- Australian Netball Players’ Association
- Australian Basketballers’ Association
- Professional Footballers Australia
- Rugby League Players Association
- Rugby Union Players’ Association
With thanks to: Rebecca Appleton, Beatrice Bowen, Caroline Chalmers, Richard Chalmers, Brooke Connell, David Croft, Clare Fox, Sarah Grant, Lucy Gundelach, Amanda Haack, Lyndsey Henderson, Liza Jane Loch, Hamish Maclean, Marcus Maclean, Jeff Maclean, Stephanie Maynes, Terry McCoy, Marnie McLaren, Simon O'Brien, Jonathon Stewart, Zachary Tan, Alexis Wallace, Kelly Wilkes, Sally-Ann Williams, Jeremy Willink