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Breton Asken, PhD

Title(s)Fellow, Neurology
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    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NCB.A.05/2013Exercise & Sport Science - Athletic Training
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NCB.A.05/2013Psychology
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FLM.S.05/2015Clinical Psychology
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FLPhD08/2019Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology)
    Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RIInternship07/2019Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology)

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    Breton Asken, PhD, ATC, is a neuropsychology fellow at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the Department of Neurology. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Exercise & Sport Science – Athletic Training. He then completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology) at the University of Florida in 2019, which included a clinical internship at the Brown University Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program.

    Breton’s research interests include studying associations between repetitive head impact exposure and risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, like chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Ongoing projects focus on integrating advanced biomarkers of brain injury and neurodegenerative disease with novel approaches to clinical neuropsychological evaluations. Long-term research goals involve improving detection and differentiation of neurodegenerative diseases through fluid biomarker panels and refining classification approaches to associated clinical syndromes.

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    1. Asken BM, Houck ZM, Schmidt JD, Bauer RM, Broglio SP, McCrea MA, McAllister TW, Clugston JR. Correction to: A Normative Reference vs. Baseline Testing Compromise for ImPACT: The CARE Consortium Multiple Variable Prediction (CARE-MVP) Norms. Sports Med. 2020 Mar 03. PMID: 32125667.
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    2. Asken BM, Houck ZM, Schmidt JD, Bauer RM, Broglio SP, McCrea MA, McAllister TW, Clugston JR. A Normative Reference vs. Baseline Testing Compromise for ImPACT: The CARE Consortium Multiple Variable Prediction (CARE-MVP) Norms. Sports Med. 2020 Feb 07. PMID: 32034702.
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    3. Asken B, Yang Z, Xu H, Weber A, Hayes RL, Bauer RM, DeKosky S, Jaffee MS, Wang KKW, Clugston JR. Acute Effects of Sport-Related Concussion on Serum GFAP, UCH-L1, Total Tau, and Neurofilament Light Measured by a Multiplex Assay. J Neurotrauma. 2020 Feb 05. PMID: 32024456.
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    4. Asken BM, Thomas KR, Lee A, Davis JD, Malloy PF, Salloway SP, Correia S. Discrepancy-Based Evidence for Loss of Thinking Abilities (DELTA): Development and Validation of a Novel Approach to Identifying Cognitive Changes. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2019 Dec 11; 1-16. PMID: 31822312.
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    5. Asken BM, Houck ZM, Clugston JR, Larrabee GJ, Broglio SP, McCrea MA, McAllister TW, Bauer RM. Word-reading ability as a "hold test" in cognitively normal young adults with history of concussion and repetitive head impact exposure: A CARE Consortium Study. Clin Neuropsychol. 2019 Nov 07; 1-18. PMID: 31698991.
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    6. Clugston JR, Houck ZM, Asken BM, Boone JK, Kontos AP, Buckley TA, Schmidt JD, Chrisman SPD, Hoffman NL, Harmon KG, Kaminski TW, Collins MW, McAllister TW, McCrea MA, Broglio SP, Ortega JD. Relationship Between the King-Devick Test and Commonly Used Concussion Tests at Baseline. J Athl Train. 2019 Dec; 54(12):1247-1253. PMID: 31584854.
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    7. Houck ZM, Asken BM, Bauer RM, Caccese JB, Buckley TA, McCrea MA, McAllister TW, Broglio SP, Clugston JR. Academic aptitude mediates the relationship between socioeconomic status and race in predicting ImPACT scores in college athletes. Clin Neuropsychol. 2019 Sep 24; 1-19. PMID: 31549576.
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    8. Asken BM. Author response: Concussion Biomarkers Assessed in Collegiate Student-Athletes (BASICS) I: Normative study. Neurology. 2019 09 17; 93(12):565. PMID: 31527106.
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    9. Houck ZM, Asken BM, Bauer RM, Kontos AP, McCrea MA, McAllister TW, Broglio SP, Clugston JR. Multivariate Base Rates of Low Scores and Reliable Decline on ImPACT in Healthy Collegiate Athletes Using CARE Consortium Norms. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2019 Oct; 25(9):961-971. PMID: 31272517.
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    10. Svingos AM, Asken BM, Jaffee MS, Bauer RM, Heaton SC. Predicting long-term cognitive and neuropathological consequences of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury: Review and theoretical framework. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2019 Oct; 41(8):775-785. PMID: 31156042.
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    11. Asken BM. Concussion Biomarkers: Deviating From the Garden Path. JAMA Neurol. 2019 May 01; 76(5):515-516. PMID: 30830175.
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    12. Asken BM & McCrea MA.. Concussion. In Oxford Handbook of Adult Cognitive Disorders (M. Alosco and R. Stern - Eds.). 2019.
    13. Svingos AM, Asken BM, Bauer RM, DeKosky ST, Hromas GA, Jaffee MS, Hayes RL, Clugston JR. Exploratory study of sport-related concussion effects on peripheral micro-RNA expression. Brain Inj. 2019; 33(4):1-7. PMID: 30704304.
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    14. Houck Z, Asken B, Bauer R, Clugston J. Predictors of post-concussion symptom severity in a university-based concussion clinic. Brain Inj. 2019; 33(4):480-489. PMID: 30626213.
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    15. Asken BM, Bauer RM, DeKosky ST, Svingos AM, Hromas G, Boone JK, DuBose DN, Hayes RL, Clugston JR. Concussion BASICS III: Serum biomarker changes following sport-related concussion. Neurology. 2018 12 04; 91(23):e2133-e2143. PMID: 30404786.
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    16. Asken BM, Bauer RM, DeKosky ST, Houck ZM, Moreno CC, Jaffee MS, Weber AG, Clugston JR. Concussion Biomarkers Assessed in Collegiate Student-Athletes (BASICS) I: Normative study. Neurology. 2018 12 04; 91(23):e2109-e2122. PMID: 30404785.
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    17. Asken BM, Bauer RM, DeKosky ST, Houck ZM, Moreno CC, Jaffee MS, Dubose DN, Boone JK, Weber AG, Clugston JR. Concussion BASICS II: Baseline serum biomarkers, head impact exposure, and clinical measures. Neurology. 2018 12 04; 91(23):e2123-e2132. PMID: 30404782.
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    18. Clugston JR, Chrisman SPD, Houck ZM, Asken BM, Boone JK, Buckley TA, Hoffman NL, Schmidt JD, Kontos AP, Jaffee MS, Harmon KG, Broglio SP, McCrea MA, McAllister TW, Ortega JD. King-Devick Test Time Varies by Testing Modality. Clin J Sport Med. 2018 Oct 23. PMID: 30358616.
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    19. Asken BM. Isolated "Low" Test Scores Are Often Normal and Valid. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2018 10; 50(10):2177. PMID: 30216267.
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    20. McCrea MA, Asken BM, Nelson LD, Barr WB.Persistent Postconcussive Symptoms after Sport-Related Concussion. In Neuropsychological Perspectives on Sport-Related Concussion (P.A. Arnett - Ed.). 2018.
    21. Asken BM, Bauer RM. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: The Horse Is Still Chasing the Cart. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 09; 48(9):672-675. PMID: 30170520.
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    22. Asken BM, Brooke ZS, Stevens TC, Silvestri PG, Graham MJ, Jaffee MS, Clugston JR. Drill-Specific Head Impacts in Collegiate Football Practice: Implications for Reducing "Friendly Fire" Exposure. Ann Biomed Eng. 2019 Oct; 47(10):2094-2108. PMID: 29987539.
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    23. Dunne EM, Striley CW, Mannes ZL, Asken BM, Ennis Formerly Whitehead N, Cottler LB. Reasons for Prescription Opioid Use While Playing in the National Football League as Risk Factors for Current Use and Misuse Among Former Players. Clin J Sport Med. 2018 Jun 28. PMID: 29933284.
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    24. Asken BM & Bauer RM.. Traumatic Brain Injury and Repetitive Brain Trauma: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Dementia Syndromes. In Handbook on Dementia (G.E. Smith and S.E. Tomaszewski-Farias - Eds.). 2018.
    25. Asken BM, DeKosky ST, Clugston JR, Jaffee MS, Bauer RM. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) findings in adult civilian, military, and sport-related mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI): a systematic critical review. Brain Imaging Behav. 2018 Apr; 12(2):585-612. PMID: 28337734.
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    26. Asken BM, Bauer RM, Guskiewicz KM, McCrea MA, Schmidt JD, Giza CC, Snyder AR, Houck ZM, Kontos AP, McAllister TW, Broglio SP, Clugston JR, Anderson S, Bazarian J, Brooks A, Buckley T, Chrisman S, Collins M, DiFiori J, Duma S, Dykhuizen B, Eckner JT, Feigenbaum L, Hoy A, Kelly L, Langford TD, Lintner L, McGinty G, Mihalik J, Miles C, Ortega J, Port N, Putukian M, Rowson S, Svoboda S. Immediate Removal From Activity After Sport-Related Concussion Is Associated With Shorter Clinical Recovery and Less Severe Symptoms in Collegiate Student-Athletes. Am J Sports Med. 2018 05; 46(6):1465-1474. PMID: 29558195.
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    27. Asken BM, Smith GE, Bauer RM.Traumatic Brain Injury and Dementia: Considerations for the Forensic Geropsychologist. In Forensic Geropsychology: Practice Essentials (S.S. Bush and A.L. Heck - Eds.). 2018.
    28. Asken BM, Jaffee MS, Bauer RM. Tau in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy-Reply. JAMA Neurol. 2018 03 01; 75(3):381-382. PMID: 29404562.
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    29. Asken BM, Hack DC, McCrea MA. The modern landscape of sport-related concussion research: key achievements and future directions. Handb Clin Neurol. 2018; 158:269-278. PMID: 30482355.
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    30. Asken BM, Snyder AR, Clugston JR, Gaynor LS, Sullan MJ, Bauer RM. Concussion-Like Symptom Reporting in Non-Concussed Collegiate Athletes. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2017 Dec 01; 32(8):963-971. PMID: 28334382.
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    31. Asken BM, Sullan MJ, DeKosky ST, Jaffee MS, Bauer RM. Research Gaps and Controversies in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: A Review. JAMA Neurol. 2017 10 01; 74(10):1255-1262. PMID: 28975240.
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    32. Sullan MJ, Asken BM, Jaffee MS, DeKosky ST, Bauer RM. Glymphatic system disruption as a mediator of brain trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2018 Jan; 84:316-324. PMID: 28859995.
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    33. Houck Z, Asken B, Clugston J, Perlstein W, Bauer R. Socioeconomic Status and Race Outperform Concussion History and Sport Participation in Predicting Collegiate Athlete Baseline Neurocognitive Scores. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2018 01; 24(1):1-10. PMID: 28791942.
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    34. McCrea MA, Asken B, Nelson LD. Neuropsychological Screening of Sport-Related Concussion. Neurol Clin. 2017 Aug; 35(3):487-500. PMID: 28673411.
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    35. Clark MD, Asken BM, Marshall SW, Guskiewicz KM. Descriptive Characteristics of Concussions in National Football League Games, 2010-2011 to 2013-2014. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Mar; 45(4):929-936. PMID: 28056179.
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    36. DeKosky ST, Asken BM. Injury cascades in TBI-related neurodegeneration. Brain Inj. 2017; 31(9):1177-1182. PMID: 28981345.
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    37. Asken BM, Clugston JR, Snyder AR, Bauer RM. Baseline Neurocognitive Performance and Clearance for Athletes to Return to Contact. J Athl Train. 2017 Jan; 52(1):51-57. PMID: 27905859.
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    38. Asken BM, Snyder AR, Smith MS, Zaremski JL, Bauer RM. Concussion-like symptom reporting in non-concussed adolescent athletes. Clin Neuropsychol. 2017 01; 31(1):138-153. PMID: 27758158.
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    39. Asken BM, Sullan MJ, Snyder AR, Houck ZM, Bryant VE, Hizel LP, McLaren ME, Dede DE, Jaffee MS, DeKosky ST, Bauer RM. Factors Influencing Clinical Correlates of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE): a Review. Neuropsychol Rev. 2016 12; 26(4):340-363. PMID: 27561662.
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    40. Houck Z, Asken B, Bauer R, Pothast J, Michaudet C, Clugston J. Epidemiology of Sport-Related Concussion in an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Sample. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Sep; 44(9):2269-75. PMID: 27159307.
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    41. Asken BM, McCrea MA, Clugston JR, Snyder AR, Houck ZM, Bauer RM. "Playing Through It": Delayed Reporting and Removal From Athletic Activity After Concussion Predicts Prolonged Recovery. J Athl Train. 2016 Apr; 51(4):329-35. PMID: 27111584.
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