Jonathan Lifshitz

Jonathan Lifshitz

Biography

Jonathan Lifshitz, Ph.D. serves as the Director of the Translational Neurotrauma Research Program in a joint venture through BARROW Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Department of Child Health at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Phoenix, and Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Dr. Lifshitz is a creative original, with evidence for high impact research productivity. His discovery of the Fencing Response as an objective, visual indicator of moderate traumatic brain injury forces on the brainstem is now included in the National Football League concussion protocol as a Go/No-Go criteria for immediate player removal. He leads projects to disentangle the neuroendocrine process of puberty from neuropathology of TBI in the adolescent population. He is the scientific advisor for a county-wide program to identify, inform, and treat neurological symptoms of brain injury in victims of interpersonal violence. He took advantage of low refresh rates in virtual reality simulators to create a first-person, immersive concussion education experience. He described the rod morphology of resident immune cells (microglia) after diffuse brain injury, which represent neuro-glial interactions in the pathology and repair of brain injury.