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Gillian Hotz, PhD

Gillian Hotz, PhD is the Director of the KiDZ Neuroscience Center and the Concussion, WalkSafe™ & BikeSafe™ Programs, Professor Department of Neurosurgery & The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Hotz is the Principal Investigator on many funded national, state and local grants for injury prevention research projects and clinical trials for children with traumatic brain injury. The WalkSafe™ program was developed in 2001 at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. WalkSafe aims to improve pedestrian safety, increase physical activity, and enhance the walkability surrounding elementary schools. Since 2003, the pediatric pedestrian-hit-by-car (PPHBC) rates have declined by more than 62% in this studied age group .The BikeSafe Program is now educating middle school age children in parks and classroom settings and evaluating the curriculum. Dr. Hotz also Directs a comprehensive Concussion Program and is a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant. She also Chaired the State Concussion Task Force which worked on legislation being passed in March 2012 for the management of youth concussions. She has developed a countywide concussion program in Miami Dade County and partnered with the Sports Legacy Institute to implement educational programs to coaches, athletic trainers, athletes and their parents. She has presented at many conferences on the local, national and international levels as well as published in peer reviewed journals and books. Dr. Hotz is an author of two neurocognitive tests the Brief Test of Head Injury for adults and the Pediatric Test of Brain Injury for children and adolescents. She also is a member of a number of Boards and Advisory Groups specifically the Safe Routes to School National Steering Committee, Florida Injury Prevention Advisory Council, Florida Committee on Trauma, and the Sarah Jane Brain Project.