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Pitt, UPMC get $6 million grant from NFL for brain injury study |

Pitt, UPMC get $6 million grant from NFL for brain injury study

The Associated Press
| Thursday, November 15, 2018 2:51 p.m

NEW YORK — The University of Pittsburgh and UMPC are getting more than $6 million from the NFL to study the diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries.

The NFL is giving more than $35 million to five organizations conducting brain injury research through its Scientific Advisory Board, which was established as part of its “Play Smart. Play Safe” initiative. The NFL’s grants are going to investigative teams focusing on concussions and associated conditions, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Pitt and UPMC are getting $6,070,384 to fund its “Prevalence of Brain Health versus Neurodegeneration in Professional Football Retirees” work.

Also receiving the funding will be:

  • Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, led by Dr. William P. Meehan III, $14,698,132 to “A Prospective, LONGitudinal and Translational Study for Former National Football League Players.”=
  • The University of Calgary, led by Dr. Carolyn Emery, $9,438,473 to “Surveillance in High Schools to Reduce Concussions in Youth.”
  • The University of California-San Francisco, led by Dr. Geoff Manley, $3,454,080 to “Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI Longitudinal).”
  • The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Harvard Medical School, led by Dr. Grant Iverson, $1,583,138 to “The Spectrum of Concussion: Predictors of Clinical Recovery, Treatment and Rehabilitation, and Possible Long-Term Effects.”

Having awarded $35 million of the NFL’s $40 million commitment made in 2016, the league has allocated the remaining $5 million to further medical research focused on player health and safety.

The funds will be distributed under the guidance of SAB Chairman Gen. Peter Chiarelli, a retired U.S. Army general who led the Department of Defense efforts on post-traumatic stress (PTS), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and suicide prevention.

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