Today, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore unveiled ambitious plans for the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance. The new Center, a signature component of the Cole Field House project, will serve as a treatment facility for a wide spectrum of sports related injuries and will also serve as a research center for investigation into the treatment of sports related conditions, including neuroscience and, specifically, the effects and consequences of traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries can cause depression, sleep disorders and cognitive decline and adversely impact a victim’s ability to function.
Through state support of the MPowering the State initiative, an initial $3 million will be invested in collaborative research that joins the strengths of both universities, by integrating the work of cutting edge research scientists and engineers in College Park with the front-line pre-clinical investigators and clinicians in Baltimore. A new orthopaedic outpatient center will be at the core of the facility, and will serve the community by providing access to high-level care for sports-related and general orthopaedic injuries throughout the region. The program will feature an outpatient faculty practice devoted to concussion evaluation and care.
The Center will be a signature component of the Cole Field House project in College Park. The Terrapin Performance Center, with a full-size indoor football field, two outdoor fields, and advanced strength, conditioning and hydrotherapy centers, will be an athletic training facility unmatched in Division I sports. Cole Field House will also house the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In a uniquely-designed space, the Academy will provide students and faculty with opportunities to work across disciplines in innovation and collaborative spaces.
"The Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance at Cole Field House will deliver to the state's citizens the power of partnership," said University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace D. Loh. "Bringing together clinicians and scientists from the state's two biggest public research universities under one roof creates connections that will contribute to breakthroughs in human health."
“We envision an ambitious research enterprise at the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance,” said Dr. Jay Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. “We believe our initial $3 million investment will lead to million-dollar, multidisciplinary grants in critical areas of neuroscience and traumatic brain injury.”
The scientific co-directors of the Center will be Elizabeth Quinlan, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, and Alan Faden, M.D., the David S. Brown Professor in Trauma at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. It will have more than 40,000 square feet of research and clinical space for experts in neuroimaging, genomics and biomechanics, and the orthopaedic outpatient facility will provide the Prince George County and DC metropolitan communities with access to the same world class sports medicine clinical care as the University of Maryland intercollegiate athletic teams.
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“The breadth and scope of this center is well beyond what currently exists in other sports performance centers. It is intended to harness unique and complementary capabilities across the two campuses.”
“The collection of scientists and clinicians from diverse fields that are brought together in the new Cole Filed House will allow us to approach the study of nervous system injury and neuroscience in an exciting and highly interdisciplinary way.”
“I am incredibly excited by this project. It is a truly unique opportunity for researchers and clinicians from both campuses to work together. Through this partnership, we can work explore new areas of sports medicine and brain science, and help more patients, in more effective ways.”
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October 20, 2016