Company Uses Video Games in The Battle Against Concussions and Brain Injuries
Highmark Interactive, Canada’s first digital therapeutics company, announced today that it has established its Medical Advisory Board which features three of the world’s thought leaders on neurology and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The initial members of the Medical Advisory Board are Christopher C. Giza, MD (Professor – Departments of Pediatrics and Neurosurgery – UCLA), Grant L. Iverson, PhD (Professor – Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Harvard Medical School) and Dr. Mihaly Kis (Neurosurgeon – Trillium Health Partners).
“We are thrilled to bring together such an incredible group of experts on our Medical Advisory Board” said Dr. Sanjeev Sharma, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Highmark Interactive. “I believe this commitment from Dr. Giza, Dr. Iverson and Dr. Kis speaks to the important and groundbreaking work we are doing in the traumatic brain injury and concussion space at Highmark Interactive. We look forward to their many contributions. ”
Highmark’s Medical Advisory Board will assist the company by reviewing and providing advice to management on its research and development objectives, providing feedback on the latest trends and issues in neuroscience, and reviewing and identifying potential areas of risk for the company.
About Dr. Christopher C. Giza:
Christopher Giza graduated from Dartmouth College, received his M.D. from West Virginia University and completed his training in Neurology at UCLA. He then worked on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team before joining the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center in 1998. He served on the California State Athletic Commission from 2005-2015, and traveled to Afghanistan in 2011 as a civilian advisor to the Department of Defense. He founded and directs the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program, and serves as Medical Director for the Operation MEND-Wounded Warrior Project mild TBI program. Dr. Giza co-authored concussion / mild TBI guidelines for the American Academy of Neurology, Centers for Disease Control and the Concussion in Sport Group (Berlin guidelines), and has been a clinical consultant for the NFL, NHL/NHLPA, NBA, MLB and Major League Soccer. He is a Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital.
About Dr. Grant Iverson:
Dr. Grant Iverson is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He is the Director of the Concussion Research Program for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. He is the Director of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children™ Sports Concussion Program. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Home Base, A Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program. He is a leading proponent of a biopsychosocial model for conceptualizing both good and poor outcome from mild traumatic brain injury in athletes, civilians, active duty military service members, and veterans. He has published more than 380 articles, reviews, and book chapters.
About Dr. Mihaly Kis:
Dr. Mihaly Kis is a neurosurgeon with Trillium Health Partners based in Mississauga, Ontario. He graduated Magna Cum Lauda with a BSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill University in 2000, before completing his MD at Queen’s University in 2004. Dr. Kis then specialized in Neurosurgery at Dalhousie University from 2004-2010, and a sub-specialty in pituitary microsurgery from 2010-2011. Dr. Kis is now a staff neurosurgeon at Trillium Health Partners, and their Surgical Director of the Neuropituitary program. He is also neurosurgery lecturer at the University of Toronto. He has been focused on concussion for many years and holds international patents for a revolutionary helmet testing device designed for concussion prevention. Dr. Kis is an expert reviewer for the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, and has multiple peer reviewed publications in the field of concussion prevention and sports helmet safety testing. He is a frequent presentor at national neurosurgical conferences on the topic of helmet testing, concussion prevention and remote presence robotics.
Highmark Interactive is a Toronto based medical technology company with a focus on concussions and other traumatic brain injuries and diseases. Founded in 2017, Highmark uses engaging, mobile-focused games that test a variety of neurologic functions to facilitate a more accurate physician assessment.