Sports and Health Research Program: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Delayed Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

In the study Collaborative Research on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Delayed Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury: Neuropathology and Neuroimaging Correlation, teams headed by researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital and Boston University are working jointly to accomplish the goals listed below. This program is a component of the Sports and Health Research Program (SHRP), which is a partnership between the National Football League (NFL), the NIH and the FNIH. This component is managed by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). The Sports and Health Research Program is supported by a donation from the National Football League. Read about the Sports and Health Research Program: Pilot Projects on Sports-Related Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research.

Goals

  • More fully characterize the neuropathology associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and delayed effects of traumatic brain injury through systematic, rigorous, and collaborative studies of post-mortem biospecimens;
  • Validate the neuropathological criteria for a post-mortem diagnosis of CTE and delayed post-traumatic neurodegenerative diseases through independent and blinded analyses;
  • Understand the incidence and prevalence of CTE;
  • Identify neuroimaging signatures of the neuropathology as a foundation for the development of new diagnostic tools.

Results & Accomplishments

Media

NIH News Release (Sept. 5, 2012): The National Football League Commits $30 Million Donation to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to Support Medical Research

Partners

National Football League
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Contacts

Development Office, development@fnih.org