Archive for October, 2011

NIH Jerks Us Around on Release of ImPACT Concussion Software Founder Mark Lovell’s Shady 2002-05 Grant Applications

Published October 25th, 2011, Uncategorized

Yesterday I raised the question of whether Mark Lovell (of ImPACT, NFL, WWE, UPMC, etc., etc., etc.) had fully and ethically disclosed the glaring commercial conflicts of interest embedded in at least four grants in the early part of the decade, totaling more than $2 million, from the National Institutes of Health. These grants supported […]

EXCLUSIVE: Did ImPACT Concussion Software Developer Mark Lovell Disclose Conflicts of Interest in Federal Grant Applications?

Published October 24th, 2011, Uncategorized

Mark Lovell – consultant for the National Football League and World Wrestling Entertainment, director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Concussion Program, and co-owner of ImPACT Applications, Inc., the Pittsburgh-based company that markets concussion management software – may not have disclosed financial conflicts of interest in grant applications to the National Institutes of Health […]

‘Independent Neurologists’? NFL OK’s Doctors’ ‘Sponsorship’ Relationships With Teams

Published October 21st, 2011, Uncategorized

The recent concussion developments involving, in particular, Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles and Jahvid Best of the Detroit Lions have reminded even the most football-centric journalists of a distressing truth: there are no independent neurologists – independent of the National Football League teams of these injured players, that is – assisting, much less being […]

ImPACT Is a Sleazily Promoted ‘Anti-Concussion Product.’ So Why Won’t the Senate Commerce Committee Scrutinize It?

Published October 20th, 2011, Uncategorized

The approach of our government to the concussion crisis reminds me of the “fix” of the radio payola scandals in the 1950s. Back then we made sure to criminalize the acts of disc jockeys in accepting bribes for giving particular songs more airplay. Decades later, television producers would barter entire blocks of commercial time to […]

At Commerce Committee Hearing, Senator Udall Whiffs on Dr. Maroon’s Quackery and Distorts the Record on Dave Duerson

Published October 19th, 2011, Uncategorized

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a two-hour hearing on sports concussions on Wednesday. You can view the video at Despite an annoyingly oily good-old-boy performance by the chairman, Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the hearing had valuable moments. When we set aside the football element of the debate, the promotion […]