Ann McKee, MD
Professor of Neurology & Pathology
Director, Neuropathology Core
Dr. McKee completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and received her medical degree from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. She completed residency training in neurology at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and fellowship training in neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is Associate Professor of Neurology and Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine. In 2011, she was promoted to Professor of Neurology and Pathology. Dr. McKee directs the Neuropathology Service for the New England Veterans Administration Medical Centers (VISN-1) and the Brain Banks for the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Chronic Traumatic EncephalopathyCenter and Framingham Heart Study.
Dr. McKee’s research interests center on the neuropathological alterations of neurodegenerative diseases, with a primary focus on the role of tau protein, axonal injury, trauma, vascular injury and neurodegeneration. Much of her current work centers on mild traumatic brain injury from contact sports and military service and its long-term consequences. As a board-certified neurologist and neuropathologist, she is particularly interested in the clinical, behavioral and psychological manifestations of pathological disease and the neuroanatomical localization of clinical symptoms. Dr. McKee has written widely on many neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Dr. McKee has received numerous awards for her work and has been essential in establishing the clinical and pathological criteria for the diagnosis of CTE. In February 2015, she organized the first Consensus Conference for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stoke (NINDS) to determine the Neuropathological Criteria for CTE.
Christopher Nowinski, PhD
Co-Founder & CEO
Concussion Legacy Foundation
Dr. Chris Nowinski is the co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through advocacy, education, policy, and research. He co-founded the Boston University CTE Center and VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank in 2008, where he currently serves as the Outreach, Recruitment, Education, and Public Policy Leader.
After an All-Ivy football career at Harvard, Dr. Nowinski became a professional wrestler with WWE, where he was named 2002 newcomer of the year and was a 2-time Hardcore Champion, before he was forced to retire due to post-concussion syndrome at age 24. His challenging recovery from post-concussion syndrome led him to write the critically-acclaimed book Head Games in 2006 in an effort to educate parents, coaches, and children about this previously hidden public health issue. Head Games is now in its third edition as Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis, and was adapted for the 2012 award-winning documentary of the same name by celebrated director Steve James.
Sports Illustrated has said, "It is Nowinski's figure which looms behind the doctors and the headlines and the debate roiling over sports' newfound commitment to minimizing head trauma."
A 2011 Eisenhower Fellow, he serves on the NFL Players Association Mackey-White Health & Safety Committee, the Ivy League Concussion Committee, Positive Coaching Alliance National Advisory Board, and as an advisor to Major League Lacrosse. Chris received his Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Boston University School of Medicine.