Dr. Alan J Pearce

Dr. Alan J Pearce

Neuroscientist, Independent Researcher, Corporate Speaker, Community Advocate, Concussion Expert
La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Alan J Pearce

Alan Pearce is an Associate Professor in the College of Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University. He was an adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Melbourne School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne from 2011-2016.  A/Prof Pearce is a neurophysiologist, his primary research focus is on sports-related concussion. A/Prof Pearce’s work has been internationally recognised, particularly on his work investigating brain function changes in current and retired Australian Rules football and Rugby League. Using electrophysiological techniques, particularly transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), centres on brain physiology to quantify cognitive and motor impairments in the acute phase post-concussion, and chronic manifestations of repeated concussions associated with mental health and neurological impairment. With 20 years’ experience in TMS and electrophysiology techniques, Alan also investigates neuroplastic changes following peripheral injury, balance disorders, exercise interventions and rehabilitation.  A/Prof Pearce has published two books on the neuroscience of exercise, 15 book chapters, and over 150 peer-reviewed papers with a H-index currently at 35. While his research particularly focusses on TMS and concussion, with international collaborations he also researches associated areas in concussion such as impact mechanics contributing to concussion and head trauma, the psychology of attitudes towards concussion by athletes, and low-cost clinical applications to understand individual recovery times following a concussion.  A/Prof Pearce is internationally recognised for his work in sports concussion and is a regular contributor to media discussions in Australia and internationally on the topic. His work has been discussed across many printed media including the New York Times, The Guardian, and the Sydney Morning Herald, as well as regular radio and television appearances. His work also been featured in several award-winning documentaries including Dangerous Games? and Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis. Both A/Prof Pearce’s unique expertise and the TMS method for investigation of concussion will provide great opportunity for concussion research throughout Europe.