The UNM Alumni Association invites Lobo alumni and community members to the Lobo Living Room: The Neurobiology of Recovery from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by Dr. David A. Hovda (‘79 BA, ‘83 MS, ‘85 Ph.D.) on Thursday, March 1 at the UNM Cancer Center.

Following TBI, cells in the brain that are biomechanically injured die. Those that remain, survive in a state of vulnerability. This lecture will describe the biomechanics of how the brain is injured following a violent movement to the head and the mechanisms that contribute this injury-induced cellular vulnerability. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the degree of vulnerability of TBI as well as its effect on different regions of the human brain.

With so much recent interest in the short- and long-term effects of mild TBI, generally referred to as concussion, the lecture will focus on the neurochemical and metabolic cascade that contributes to the above-mentioned vulnerability and how it would affect the diagnosis, return-to-play decisions, long-term effects and the potential threats to cognitive learning and memory disorders.

Hovda is a Lind Lawrence Eminent Scholar, director of UCLA Brain Injury Research Center and vice-chairman of Academic Affairs Department of Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

The UNM Cancer Center is located at 1201 Camino de Salud NE in Albuquerque. Registration and reception begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the presentation and Q&A at 6:15 p.m.

RSVP by Thursday, March 1 by visiting Alumni’s website. For additional information contact the Alumni Relations Office at 505-277-5808 or