Before joining UCLA, Giza worked on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team. In 2011, he traveled to Afghanistan as a civilian advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense. He co-chaired the American Academy of Neurology committee that developed an evidence-based practice guideline for the management of sports concussions from 2009-2013. He currently serves on advisory committees for traumatic brain injuries/concussion with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer Federation. He has been a clinical consultant for the National Football League, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer. 

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“There are cases out there, unfortunately, of people who were convinced they had CTE and committed suicide, and then were found in autopsy not to have CTE.”

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“We should keep our minds open,” said Giza, who advises several professional athletic associations on traumatic brain injury, “or we may miss out on some of the science.”

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“Concussions are the most complex injury to the most complicated organ in the human body. There is no magic-bullet, catch-all test for diagnosing the disorder.”

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“One thing that is a little surprising,” he said, “is that the objective measures of disrupted sleep showed differences after [traumatic brain injury], but the subjects themselves underestimated their sleep disturbances.”

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