The Canada North Concussion Network is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research team devoted to novel research that impacts the lives of Manitobans and Canadians with concussion and traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Mutch attended medical school at Queen’s University. He received his anesthesia training at the University of Manitoba. He was awarded an MRC Fellowship and did post-graduate training in neurophysiology at the Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen and University College London. He then returned to Winnipeg where he has been a neuroanesthetist and conducted neuroscience research for the past 35 years. Recently Dr. Mutch spent time on sabbatical at the University of Toronto and Cambridge University England learning the techniques which have been adapted to develop the CO2 MRI brain stress test. Dr. Mutch was awarded the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Research Recognition Award in 2011. Dr. Mutch has been issued 4 patents related to medical devices. He is married with two adult children.
Dr. Jeff Leiter has been with the Pan Am Clinic Foundation since January 2006. In May 2009, he was awarded the position of Albrechtsen Research Chair. He is also the Executive Director of the Foundation and has faculty appointments in the Departments of Surgery; Human Anatomy and Cell Science; and Family Medicine. Jeff has a Master of Science in Biomechanics and obtained his PhD in April of 2009 from the Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science at the University of Manitoba. He oversees the Research Program at the Pan Am Clinic that has nine active studies related to concussions in sport. In addition, Jeff was honoured to be invited to give the keynote address on concussions in hockey, along with Dr. Peter MacDonald, at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority 2012 Annual General Meeting.
Dr Russell received a Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) and Master of Science (Epidemiology) from the University of Alberta. She then completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in Sport Injury Epidemiology from the University of Calgary, followed by a fellowship in traumatic brain injuries in sport at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. In 2012, she was recruited to the University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health and Research Scientist with the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. She has received numerous grants to study students’ return to school after a sport-related concussion, risk factors for skateboard park injuries, effectiveness of Manitoba’s bicycle helmet and booster seat legislation, and high-risk behaviors among skiing and snowboarding youth.
Dr. Ellis completed his Honours Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Science(Medicine) and medical school training at the University of Manitoba. Afterwards he completed his neurosurgical residency training at the University of Toronto during which time he also completed a fellowship in Concussion Spectrum Disorders with world-leading concussion expert Dr. Charles Tator. Dr. Ellis is the medical director of the Pan Am Concussion Program and holds clinical appointments in the Department of Surgery and Pediatrics and Section of Neurosurgery at the University of Manitoba. He also holds a scientist appointment at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. His main research interests include the clinical epidemiology and management of pediatric sports-related concussion as well as the advancement of novel neuro-imaging and exercise science assessment tools in concussion. Dr. Ellis lives in Winnipeg with his wife Vanessa and daughter Caladyn.