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May 17, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Integrative Biosciences Center IBio Conference Center | Map
6135 Woodward Ave.
Detroit , MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Wayne State University community is invited to attend an IBio Seminar with guest speaker, Robert W. Turner II, Ph.D. from Duke University. The seminar will be held on May 17, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon in the first floor seminar room of IBio, located at 6135 Woodward. The seminar is free and open to the entire university community.

Dr. Turner is a research scientist at the Center on Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research at Duke University. Dr. Turner will present, “Safeguarding the cognitive health of former NFL athletes across the life course.” 

Dr. Turner received his B.A. in communications from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, his M.A. in sociology from Queens College, City University of New York, NY and his Ph.D. in sociology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, NY. 


This talk draws from Dr. Turner's previous mixed methods, quantitative, and ethnographic research projects to examine how and when sport participation leaves former athletes vulnerable for negative health outcomes. Particular attention is given to insights gained through the examination of data from the Study of Retired NFL Players. Drawing from his experiences as a former NFL athlete and training as a medical sociologist, Dr. Turner has developed and continues to refine a new conceptual model of accelerated aging among former football players who suffer from traumatic injury and experience chronic pain; as well as evaluate the association between cognitive aging and the relationship between stress, and health among African American men. His program of research is driven to explore innovative approaches that address functional, cognitive, and psychosocial vulnerabilities in concussed men, and may ultimately reduce the risk of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), and AD resulting from concussions.

We hope you can join us for this interesting IBio seminar!

For more information about this event, please contact Julie O'Connor at 3135775600 or