Effects Of Concussions In Football Players – Part 2 of 3
This program will help researchers get closer to answering some of the important questions about concussion for our youth who play sports and their parents,” Story Landis, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), said in the advice release. Two of the projects will receive $6 million each and will focus on determining the extent of long-term changes that occur in the brain years after a principal injury or after numerous concussions. They will involve researchers from NINDS, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and academic medical centers.
One of the projects will attempt to upon a clear set of criteria for various stages of CTE. It will also seek to distinguish it from Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and other degenerative brain diseases that as of now can only be determined in wisdom tissue samples collected after death. The objective is to find medical signs of CTE that might eventually be used to diagnose the illness in living people.