CBI Research Day

CBI Research Day 2023 Recap

CBI's 2023 Annual Research Day was a huge success with over 130 attendees from various disciplines coming together to network, learn, and advance the field of chronic brain injury. Our event kicked off with 58 poster presentations from trainees, faculty, and staff, which covered a wide array of topics relating to brain injury — such as sleep fragmentation, inflammation and immunity, addiction disorders, dementia prevalence and development, advances to technology, and impacts for athletes. In total, the presenters represented nine departments from Ohio State and three departments from Nationwide Children's Hospital, highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of brain injury and the importance of collaboration within our research community.

This year, we had the honor of hosting Bruce T. Lamb, PhD (IU College of Medicine, Stark Neurosciences Research Institute) as our keynote speaker. Dr. Lamb discussed his work in characterizing several proteins involved in the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease, and also how his research has implicated TBI as a modifier for the development of Alzheimer's pathologies. Spotlight speakers included Barbara Bendlin, PhD (University of Wisconsin, Geriatrics), whose work focuses on factors impacting the trajectory of the aging brain, David Friedenberg, PhD (Battelle, Data Science/Neurotechnology), who spoke on his lab's neurotechnology efforts centered on improving the lives of people with motor impairments, and Ohio State's very own Tim Lucas, MD, PhD (OSU Wexner Medical Center/Battelle/NeuroTech Institute), who discussed new neurosurgical interventions. In addition to the spotlight and keynote talks, ten trainees took the stage to speak about their research in CBI mentor labs.

Our 2023 Research Day wrapped up with Dr. Lisa Huelskamp's survivor story, highlighting the importance of keeping those living with brain injury central to our work. During her talk, Dr. Huelskamp spoke about her six brain injuries and her struggles with the resulting symptoms and recovery process. Her journey stands as a testament to why the CBI Program exists and the importance of continued efforts to advance brain injury research.

The Chronic Brain Injury Program gives a big thank you to the trainees, faculty, and staff that participated in our 2023 Research Day. Ten poster awards were distributed based on the following categories: discovery, assessment, recovery, and systems. For the discovery category, congratulations to undergraduate Jenna McCloskey (Mentor: Cole Vonder Haar, PhD), graduate student Christopher Cotter (Mentor: Olga Kokiko-Cochran, PhD), and postdoc Damon DiSabato, PhD (Mentor: Dana McTigue, PhD). For the assessment category, congratulations to undergraduate Michael Melville (Mentor: Scott Hayes, PhD) and graduate student Ann Lee (Mentor: Scott Hayes, PhD). For the recovery category, congratulations to undergraduate Arianna Carfora (Mentor: Shahid Nimjee, MD, PhD) and research scientist Angela Filous (Mentor: Jan Schwab, MD, PhD). Finally, for the systems category, congratulations to undergraduate Olivia VonDeylen (Mentor: Ginger Yang, PhD, MPH), graduate student Jenna Rajczyk (Mentor: Jeffrey Wing, PhD), and research staff member Jessica Quach (Mentor: Hudson Taylor, PhD). In addition, congratulations to Andrea Tesdeschi, PhD and his lab for the People's Choice Research Image of the Year.

We are grateful for another year of the program's success, which wouldn't be possible without our faculty and staff. CBI Research Day 2024 will be here before we know it, and we look forward to seeing what new research developments the coming year brings!

*CBI Research Day 2023 was sponsored by the student organization Buckeyes Raising Awareness in Neuroscience (BRAIN), as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, the School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, the College of Social Work, the College of Medicine, the Foods for Health Research Initiative (FFH), Wexner Medical Center, and Nationwide Children's Hospital.

CBI Research Day 2023

March 23-24, 2023

Ohio Union & Biomedical Research Tower

Join researchers, clinicians, and trainees to share, discuss, and connect at the annual CBI Research Day. This annual scientific symposium for brain injury research features invited and local speakers, poster presentations, and updates on program and pilot projects. We invite all Ohio State faculty, staff, and students to attend. CME credits are available.

Registration is open through March 10, 2023. See our abstract booklet for details on poster presentations and selected trainee talks.

Please use the links below or scroll down to learn more. We look forward to seeing you at CBI Research Day - #CBIRD23!



MARCH 23: Ohio Union Cartoon Room


MARCH 24: Biomedical Research Tower 115 & Lobby







  • December 8, 2023 – Abstracts & Registration OPEN
  • February 1, 2023 – Abstracts CLOSE
  • February 15, 2023 – Confirmation of Short Talks
  • March 10, 2023 – Registrations CLOSE


At the conclusion of this event, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence and incidence of chronic brain injury in the general population and in at-risk groups
  • List 3 approaches for treating brain injury as a chronic condition
  • List 3 types of persistent symptoms following concussion
  • Describe mechanisms of neural regeneration following injury
  • List 3 academic and community partners in the area providing services to brain injury survivors


The Ohio State University Center for Continuing Medical Education (CCME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The Ohio State University Center for Continuing Medical Education (CCME) designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

KEYNOTE: Bruce T. Lamb, PhD

Identifying and characterizing novel therapeutic targets for Alzheimer's disease through the MODEL-AD and TREAT-AD Consortia

Executive Director, Paul and Carole Stark Neurosciences Research Institute
Co-Director, Neurosciences Institute of Excellence
Roberts Family Professor of Alzheimer's Disease Research
Professor of Medical & Molecular Genetics
Professor of Psychiatry
Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Indiana University School of Medicine

Learn more about Dr. Lamb


Geriatrics & Gerontology
School of Medicine & Public Health
University of Wisconsin

Learn more about Dr. Bendlin


Senior Research Statistician
Advanced Analytics
Battelle Memorial Institute

Learn more about Dr. Friedenberg


Neurological Surgery, The Ohio State University

Chief Executive Officer
NeuroTech Institute, Inc.

Learn more about Dr. Lucas

Trainee Talks

Damon DiSabato, PhD

IL-1 receptor on astrocytes is crucial for locomotor recovery and glial scar formation after SCI
Ohio State Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dana McTigue

Angela Filous, PhD

Acquired pneumonia increases mortality and impairs functional recovery by expanding the lesion environment after SCI
Ohio State Department of Neurology
Mentor: Jan Schwab

Robyn Recker, PhD

Headgear Use in Girls' Lacrosse – Is the Girls' Lacrosse Community Ready for Change?
Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Injury Research & Policy
Mentor: Ginger Yang

Stephanie Muscat

TLR4 mediates development of persistent post-operative cognitive dysfunction following short-term consumption of a high-fat diet in male rats
Ohio State Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
Mentor: Ruth Barrientos

Ann Lee

Examination of White Matter Hyperintensities, Biomarkers of Neuronal and Glial Dysfunction, and Cognition in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
Ohio State Department of Psychology
Mentor: Scott Hayes

Stephen Vidman

Examination of White Matter Hyperintensities, Biomarkers of Neuronal and Glial Dysfunction, and Cognition in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
Ohio State Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Andrea Tedeschi

Jenna Rajczyk

Variation in the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias by Appalachian residence in Central Appalachia
Ohio State Department of Epidemiology
Mentor: Jeffrey Wing

Yingzhe Zhang

Flexion Sensors for Monitoring On-Field Activities Following Return to Play from mTBI
Ohio State Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mentor: Asimina Kiourti

Nick Sweeney

Cell-type-specific alterations of BAG3 and tau phosphorylation in human Alzheimer's disease and traumatic brain injury
Ohio State Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Harry Fu

Olivia VonDeylen

Influence of Post-Concussion Sleep Quantity and Quality on Symptom Duration in Youth
Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Injury Research & Policy
Mentor: Ginger Yang