Neuropsychology researcher and clinician; PhD candidate, Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Newcastle

Dr Gardner has conducted research in the field of sport-related concussion for the past eight years, having first worked as a research assistant for the New England Paediatric Head Trauma Program. He received first class honours in Psychology (University of New England) and subsequently completed a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) degree at Macquarie University, Sydney, where he conducted research in to the acute and cumulative neuropsychological consequences of sport-related concussion. His thesis received the prestigious award for the Most Outstanding Dissertation for 2011 from the National Academy of Neuropsychology (USA). During his post-graduate studies he also pioneered and managed the Macquarie University Sports Concussion Clinic. Dr Gardner has now turned his focus toward the potential long-term consequences of participation in collision sports. He has contributed to the policy papers of Brain Injury Australia and Alzheimer’s Australia (NSW). In 2013 he was invited as a leading early career researcher to contribute to the Australian Academy of Science Theo Murphy High Flyer's Think Tank on 'inspiring smarter brain research in Australia'. He has also recently been awarded an Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship to visit Harvard Medical School for four months at the end of 2014. Dr Gardner recently established his own sports concussion business "NeuroGard" which is focused on sports concussion management, education and research for current athletes of all ages, their schools and parents, along with retired athletes who may be experiencing cognitive difficulties (see www.neurogard.com.au for details).