Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

NIH Announces Funding for Concussion, TBI Research

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

NIH Announces Funding for Concussion, TBI Research

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The National Institutes of Health announced significant financial support for eight research projects focused on traumatic brain injury, which currently ranks as the leading cause of death in young adults. "We need to be able to predict which patterns of injury are rapidly reversible and which are not," Story Landis, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the NIH, said in a prepared statement. "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."

Funding, which totals more than $14 million, comes from the Sports and Health Research Program, a partnership between the NIH, the National Football League, and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. The eight projects earmarked to receive support include two cooperative agreements and six pilot studies.

For one of the two cooperative agreements, which will receive $6 million each, researchers led by Dr. Ann C. McKee of Boston University and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will strive to define a set of criteria for the various stages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Then, imaging teams will correlate the findings with brain scans that might be used to diagnose CTE in individuals during their lifetimes.

For the other cooperative agreement, researchers led by Wayne Gordon, Ph.D., of Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, have a goal of identifying and describing the chronic effects of mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and comparing these with the features of CTE. …

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