Keisuke Kawata
(812) 855-5244
PH C215

  • Temple University, Ph.D., 2016
  • Temple University, M.S., 2013
  • Henderson State University, B.S., 2010
  • SPH A610 Introduction to Athletic Training Research
  • SPH A611 Advanced Athletic Training Research
  • 2018: 1st Place Winner, Young Investigator Competition, Military Health System Research Symposium
  • 2013-2016: Outstanding Graduate Research Award, Temple University
  • 2011: Professional Internship, MLB Atlanta Braves
  • 2010: Professional Internship, NFL Detroit Lions
  • 2009: Professional Internship, MLS Sporting Kansas City

Kawata Military Research Symposium Award

Research Interests

Research Area of Interest: Ever since my own traumatic brain injury experience, I have been pursuing to discover an effective diagnosis and rehabilitation protocol for patients with brain injury. While the vast majority of research has focused on a single impact that elicits concussion (e.g., disorientation, headache), many soldiers and athletes are frequently exposed to subconcussive head impacts prior to the concussive blow. Thus, it remains completely unknown whether neuronal damage and sensory deficit are caused by a single concussive blow, repetitive subconcussive impacts before the concussive blow, or both. To identify safe ranges of repetitive hits, my laboratory employs head accelerometer, blood biomarkers, ocular-motor system, and neuronal activity (using electroencephalography). By tracking subconcussive impacts combined with various parameters, we have witnessed a glimps of hope that some modalities could predict a concussion before it occurs. It is of my priority to establish brain-injury specific objective markers that to ensure soldiers and athletes’ safety while sustaining highest level of performance.


Selected Publications


Kawata K, Tierney R, & Langford D (2018). Blood and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers. In B. Brian Hainline and Robert Stern (Ed.), Handbook of Clinical Neurology 158:217-33


Zonner SW, Ejima K, Bevilacqua ZW, Huibregtse ME, Charleston C, Fulgar C, & Kawata K (2019). Association of increased serum S100B levels with high school football subconcussive head impacts. Frontiers in Neurology. Epub Ahead of Print.

Zonner SW, Ejima K, Fulgar C, Charleston C, Huibregtse ME, Bevilacqua ZW, & Kawata K (2018). Oculomotor response to cumulative subconcussive head impacts in US high school football players: a pilot longitudinal study. JAMA Ophthalmology 137(3) 265-270.

Bevilacqua ZW & Kawata K (2018). Procedural shortcomings with near point of convergence assessment may lead to inappropriate prognosis of concussion injury in athletes. American Journal of Sports Medicine 46(12): 64–68.

Wirsching A, Chen Z, Bevilacqua Z, Huibregtse M, & Kawata K (2018). Association of acute increase in plasma neurofilament light with repetitive subconcussive head impacts: a pilot randomized control trial. Journal of Neurotrauma. 36(4):548-553.

Kawata K, Mitsuhashi M, & Aldret R (2018). Preliminary reports on brain-derived exosomes as unique blood biomarkers for sport-related concussions. Frontiers in Neurology 9:239. doi:10.3389/fneur.2018.00239

Kawata K, Rubin HL, Wesley L, Lee JH, Sim T, Takahagi M, Bellamy A, Tierney R, & Langford D (2018). Acute changes in plasma total Tau levels are independent of subconcussive head impacts in college football players. Journal of Neurotrauma, 35(2):260-266

Kawata K, Rubin HL, Takahagi M, Lee JH, Sim T, Szwanki V, Bellamy A, Tierney R, & Langford D (2017). Subconcussive impact-dependent increase in plasma S100β expression levels in collegiate football players. Journal of Neurotrauma. 34(14):2254-2260

Hwang SJ, Ma L, Kawata K, Tierney R, & Jeka JJ (2017). Vestibular dysfunction after subconcussive head impact. Journal of Neurotrauma. 34(1):8-15. doi: 10.1089/neu.2015.4238.

Kawata K, Rubin HL, Lee JH, Sim T, Takahagi M, Szwanki V, Bellamy A, Assari S, Darvish K, Henderer J, Tierney R, & Langford D (2016). Effect of football subconcussive head impact kinematics on ocular near point of convergence. JAMA Ophthalmology 134(7):763-769.

Kawata K, Liu CY, Merkel S, Ramirez S, Tierney R, & Langford D (2016). Blood Biomarkers for Brain Injury: What are we measuring? Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 68: 460-473.

Kawata K, Tierney R, Phillips J, & Jeka JJ (2016). Effect of repetitive sub-concussive head impacts on ocular near point of convergence. International Journal of Sports Medicine 37(5): 405-410.

Cheever K, Kawata K, Tierney R, & Galgon A (2016). Cervical spine assessments to use during a concussion evaluation: A review. Journal of Athletic Training, 51(12):1037-1044