Through project selection and review, and periodic assessment of the program, the Oversight Committee ensures the quality of projects and the sustainability of the Partnership. The independent Oversight Committee, chaired by Dr. Barry Myers, includes members from Duke as well as industry and venture capital.

The committee members include:

Cynthia Bir, PhD

Professor, Keck School of Medicine and Director, Center for Trauma, Violence, & Injury Prevention, University of Southern California


Stefan Duma, PhD

Harry C. Wyatt Professor of Engineering, Virginia Tech


Alfred T. Malouf, PhD

Chief Consultant, Cortex Innovation; Principal and Cofounder at KGA Partners, LLC


Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD

Chief of Neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)


Barry Myers, MD, PhD, MBA

Director of Innovation, Duke CTSI; Coulter Program Director and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and a consultant to the NFLPA


Thom Parks

Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bell Sports, Inc.


Jeff Terrell

Hatteras Venture Partners, Associate investing in early stage medical device, biopharmaceutical, healthcare IT, and diagnostic companies


Beth A. Winkelstein, PhD

Professor, BE and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, SEAS Research focuses: Orthopaedic Bioengineering, Injury Biomechanics, Experimental Neuroscience


Christopher Withnall

Senior Engineer, Biokinetics and Associates Ltd.


 Full biographies:

Cynthia Bir, PhD

Professor, Keck School of Medicine and Director, Center for Trauma, Violence, & Injury Prevention, University of Southern California

BirDR. CYNTHIA A. BIR IS A PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE AT THE KECK SCHOOL OF MEDICINE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. She has extensive research experience in the area of human injury tolerances. Her research interests include sports injury biomechanics, ballistic impacts, blast injury, and forensic biomechanics. She has studied the effects of impacts to all regions of the body and is known world-wide for her work in this area. Dr. Bir currently has funding for various research efforts in the area of injury biomechanics. Investigating the effects of ballistic impacts to the human body, research is currently being conducted on Behind Armor Blunt Trauma (BABT) and the assessment of personnel protective gear. She also has funding to assess stab/slash wounds to correctional officers, the effects of Tasers on vulnerable populations, and how body armor affects the core body temperature of the end users. She has been funded by the Department of Defense to study both blast neurotrauma and lower extremity injury research. Her sports related research includes the development of a new thoracic surrogate to evaluate chest protectors, a cumulative concussion model and real-time data collection of head impacts in boxing. Dr. Bir has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 90 abstracts and conference papers. She has served as an invited guest at several conferences both here in the United States and abroad. Besides being a professor at The University of Southern California, Dr. Bir is currently serving as a member on the NATO Human Factors and Medicine Panel (HFM 148) for Improvised Explosive Devices and is an invited guest for the International Vehicle Security Advisory Group (IVSAG) and a subject matter expert for the LCG9 Blunt Trauma Group for NATO. Dr. Bir has been asked to present to various groups including the Youth in Engineering and Science (YES) Expo, TED-Ed and at the World Science Festival. She was also selected as a Detroit Crain’s Business Daily, Women to Watch in 2008. She was inducted as an AIMBE Fellow in 2014.


Stefan Duma, PhD

Harry C. Wyatt Professor of Engineering, Virginia Tech

Stefan DumaDR. STEFAN DUMA IS THE HARRY WYATT PROFESSOR OF ENGINEERING AND INTERIM DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AND APPLIED SCIENCE AT VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY. Duma has served as the head of the Virginia Tech Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences since 2009, and of the department of biomedical engineering and mechanics since 2014. He is also the founding director of the Virginia Tech Wake Forest Center for Injury Biomechanics. Duma’s internationally renowned research on impact biomechanics has opened new frontiers in the understanding and prevention of head and eye injuries and driven the development of safer equipment for sports, defense, the automotive industry, and consumer products. Duma has authored 483 publications, including 144 journal papers and two books, and won more than $51 million in external funding from sources that include the NIH, NSF, DOD, DOT, FAA, and industry sponsors. In 2003 Duma became the first researcher to include wireless acceleration sensors in football player helmets to measure head impacts that result in concussions. His landmark research in sports-related concussions and mild traumatic brain injury led to development of the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings, which he released in 2011 in collaboration with Steven Rowson, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics. The five-star rating system was the first tool to offer consumers quantitative information about how well a given helmet reduces concussion risk. Their test methods and rating system have spurred the development of safer designs for helmets for football, as well as hockey, which was added to the ratings in 2014. Duma has also studied injuries to pregnant woman in car crashes, the biomechanics of eye injuries, the risk of upper-extremity injuries from the deployment of airbags, and the biomechanics of blast injuries suffered by the military. A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2000, Duma received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dr. Duma is a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), and Editor in Chief of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.


Alfred T. Malouf, PhD

Chief Consultant, Cortex Innovation; Principal and Cofounder at KGA Partners, LLC

malouffinalALFRED T. MALOUF, PhD RECEIVED A BA IN BIOLOGY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO, AND A PhD from the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served on the faculty at the University of Washington and Case Western Reserve University where his research focused on brain development and the causes of neuronal diseases, and was the recipient of a PEW Scholars Award in the Biomedical Sciences.  Dr. Malouf has been named as an inventor on two patent applications based on research performed at Case Western Reserve University and was co-founder of a biotechnology startup company. Dr. Malouf became further interested in the entrepreneurial aspects of science and technology, and he joined NineSigma where he was responsible for executing over 200 innovation projects for large corporations and for managing several Grand Challenges. Dr. Malouf’s Grand Challenge experience includes managing the first two NFL-GE-Under Armour Head Health Challenges, two environmental and sustainability Grand Challenges for LAUNCH (a consortium of the US Department of State, USAID, NASA and NIKE), two GE-Statoil Challenges to find more sustainable hydraulic fracturing methods, a Challenge to reduce malnutrition in developing countries for Scientists Without Borders, and a Challenge to develop a vaccine to fight HIV infections for The International Aids Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). Dr. Malouf currently works as an innovation consultant and on building a program to improve the transfer of technology between universities and industry.


Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD

Chief of Neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

manleyfinalGEOFFREY T. MANLEY, MD, PhD IS THE CHIEF OF NEUROSURGERY at San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He is a trauma neurosurgeon with clinical interests in brain injury, spinal cord injury and neurocritical critical care. His translational research interests span from the laboratory to the bedside. Dr. Manley is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Cornell University Medical College, where he earned his medical degree as well as his doctorate degree in Neuroscience. He completed his residency in Neurosurgery at UCSF and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Biophysics. Dr. Manley is also a faculty member of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences and the UCSF Center for Clinical and Translational Informatics. Dr. Manley is an internationally recognized expert in neurotrauma. He has published over 120 manuscripts that reflect a wide range of research interests from molecular aspects of brain injury to the clinical care of head trauma patients. He has helped to define new molecular mechanisms of injury to the nervous system that may lead to new treatments for these devastating injuries. He is also considered a leader in the rapidly growing field of advanced neuromonitoring and clinical informatics for critical care. His many honors include the General Motors Trauma Research Award and the Trauma Research Award from the American College of Surgeons. He has served as a Consultant for the Prehospital Guidelines Committee for the World Health Organization and on a number of committees for the National Institutes of Health.


Barry Myers, MD, PhD, MBA

Director of Innovation, Duke CTSI; Coulter Program Director and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and a consultant to the NFLPA

myersfinalBARRY MYERS, MD, PhD, MBA HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE DUKE FACULTY in Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Business Administration since 1991. Dr. Myers longstanding research examines catastrophic head and neck injury with the goal of injury prevention. He is considered by many as the preeminent researcher in his field worldwide, having over 100 manuscripts and publications on the subject. Among Dr. Myers many honors are the Stapp Award of Recognition, and the Isbrandt Award for automotive safety from the Society of Automotive Engineers.  He is the six-time winner of the Stapp Award for research in impact biomechanics, more than any other individual, and also the Bertil Aldman award for impact biomechanics research. Dr. Myers has worked with most major organizations concerned with safety in the United States including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, the NFL and the NFL-PA.  Because of his breadth of experience in injury prevention, Dr. Myers was appointed to the position of Senior Scientific Advisor to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for two years.   He has also consulted with most major automobile manufactures and automotive racing organizations worldwide. In addition to his research, he facilitates technology development, licensing, and industrial interaction serving as the founding Program Director for the Coulter Translational Research Partnership, and as Director of Innovation in the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute where he oversees translational funding totaling $2.5MM annually.  He was also responsible for the design, construction of the LEED Platinum Certified Duke Smarthome and the Duke University student technology incubator, DUHatch.  On a consulting basis, Dr. Myers serves as an Executive-in-Residence at Pappas Ventures, a bio-venture capital firm, and has advised and served on the boards of several life sciences start-up companies.


Thom Parks

Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bell Sports, Inc.

parksfinalTHOM PARKS IS A VICE PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS AT BELL SPORTS. Thom has 28 years of experience in safety including managing test laboratories and working on safety standards in sports and other settings.  His background includes managing helmet product development in a variety of applications including both one-time and repeat use helmets. Currently his portfolio includes bicycle, snow sport, and motorcycle helmets. Thom is a well-recognized expert in both the application of helmet technology and the business of bringing products to market in sports.

 


Jeff Terrell

Hatteras Venture Partners, Associate investing in early stage medical device, biopharmaceutical, healthcare IT, and diagnostic companies

terrellfinalPRIOR TO JOINING THE HATTERAS TEAM IN 2012, Jeff Terrell worked in a sales and clinical support role for Medtronic, a large medical device company. Based in Georgia and South Carolina, Jeff worked in the operating room with neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons, selling and providing service on image-guided surgery equipment and spinal implants. Prior to working with Medtronic, Jeff devoted two years to pursuing a career as a professional quarterback, spending time with the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys. Since joining Hatteras, Jeff has worked in a corporate development role in a medical device portfolio company, and assisted in overall firm operations, deal flow activities and diligence. Jeff is a board observer at Medfusion, NeuroTronik, GrayBug, ORIG3N, Contego Medical, Wildflower Health and Medikidz. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, and an MBA from Duke University, with a focus on healthcare and finance. Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development in Durham, and has served on various panels for the North Carolina Biotech Center and SE BIO.


Beth A. Winkelstein, PhD

Professor of Bioengineering and Neurosurgery, and Vice Provost for Education University of Pennsylvania

winkelsteinfinalBETH WINKELSTEIN, PhD IS A PROFESSOR OF BIOENGINEERING AND NEUROSURGERY at the University of Pennsylvania.  She received her BSE in Bioengineering from Penn and earned a PhD in BME from Duke focused on neck injury biomechanics.  She joined Penn’s faculty in 2002 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the neuroimmunology of pain in Anesthesiology & Pharmacology at Dartmouth.  Dr. Winkelstein’s lab studies the biomechanical mechanisms of painful spine and joint injuries, and is defining the pathophysiological cellular mechanisms driving chronic pain, mechanotransduction of pain, and potential diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for these disorders.  Her group has pioneered several preclinical models of painful tissue injuries, which are the first injury models with clinically-relevant symptoms. Her group implements rigorous engineering analyses in these in vivo systems to define biomechanical metrics and relate them to complicated neuronal plasticity responses throughout the nervous system. Her group is developing new imaging approaches to understand subfailure micro- and macro-scale biomechanical tissue responses, and has expanded that work to include functional imaging to identify cellular activation networks in the brain and spinal cord.  She funds her lab through grants from the Whitaker Foundation, NSF, NHTSA, CDC, NIH (NINDS, NIAMS, NIBIB, NCCIH), CSRS, DOD, OMSF, and several industry partners. She has published over 115 peer-reviewed papers, 16 book chapters and the book Orthopaedic Biomechanics, and holds a patent. Dr. Winkelstein is a Fellow of the BMES and ASME, and was elected to AIMBE. She was awarded a Whitaker Young Investigator Award, NIH Career Award, NSF-CAREER Award, the ASME Fung Young Investigator Award for the most promising young Bioengineer, and the ASME Mow Medal for contributions to the field of bioengineering through research, education, professional development, leadership and mentorship. Dr. Winkelstein has served as primary research mentor for 36 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and over 60 undergraduates. She serves on the Editorial Board for Spine and serves as the Co-Editor of the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering since 2012. She has served as the Bioengineering Graduate Group Chair and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education at Penn, and has been the faculty adviser for Penn’s BMES chapter since 2008. She has also served as the faculty adviser for Penn’s student SWE chapter. She is on the Board of Directors of the BMES is actively involved in the ASME-SBC, the World Congress of Biomechanics, and several clinical meetings.


Christopher Withnall

Senior Engineer, Biokinetics and Associates Ltd.

withnallfinalCHRIS WITHNALL MANAGES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT in sports impact biomechanics. He has designed helmets for construction safety, firefighting, riot police, bicycle, football, hockey and military applications as well as other human protection systems since joining Biokinetics in 1990. Chris conducted several years of NFL concussion research on concussion tolerance, helmets and mouth guards. Varied research includes airbags, side impact, safety in soccer, riot police injury, ballistic armour degradation, auto racing head protection and head impact research with artificial turf. Chris has authored 18 peer reviewed articles and is a contributing member of the Canadian Standards Association and American Society for Testing and Materials.