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article imageMillions provided for brain trauma research

By Tim Sandle     Dec 21, 2013 in Health
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is awarding two $6-million grants to research teams that aim to better understand the effects of traumatic injury on the human brain.
The awards have been supported by the National Football League (a body that has been accused of not doing enough to protect football players from brain injury).
According to an NIH statement, the research is to focus on: "defining the scope of long-term changes that occur in the brain years after a head injury or after multiple concussions...and to provide support for the early stages of sports-related concussion projects." Part of the research will focus on developing better standards for diagnosis of brain injury.
Some funding will also be allocated to the examination of brain scans for factors that correlate with changes in brain tissue and developing a registry. This will be called the NIH Neurobiobank, which will collect the brains and spinal cord tissue of donors with histories of traumatic brain injury after their death.
The reason behind the research, and hence the NFL involvement, is due to the effects of repeated head trauma in relation to sports events. Some former NFL players, for example, sued the league, claiming that they suffered neurological problems as the result of their time on the football field.
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