Cutting-edge research could lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of concussions, as well as a range of brain injuries in the renovated East Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
UNL Psychologist Dennis Molfese is director of the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, an unprecedented partnership between Nebraska athletics and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln academics located in 28,000 square feet of the renovated East Memorial Stadium.
“We’re examining issues that range from autism, developmental disabilities, sports concussions; we’re really covering an array of brain behavior relationships,” Molfese says.
The renovations of East Stadium add 3,300 seats for the general public, plus luxury sky boxes and club seats, bringing the total addition of seats to around 6,000. Memorial stadium will now seat nearly 92,000.
Yet, the renovations included more than football.
Also housed in East Stadium are the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, nicknamed CB3 and the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab.
Legendary football coach and former Athletic Director Tom Osborne pushed for creation of CB3 to bring athletics and academics together to tackle the very difficult subject of concussions, which have become a focus of concern not just in football, but all sports.
Though CB3 research will span a wide variety of traumatic brain injury, brain behavior and developmental disabilities, concussion research will be the cornerstone of the center’s work.
“It’s a one-of-a-kind facility. There’s no place else in the world that has athletics and academics in the same facility, not to mention collaborating,” Molfese says.
CB3 will focus on athletes, but the center’s research could benefit any of the nearly two million Americans who suffer brain injuries every year.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]