After nearly 12 months of setbacks, the National Institutes of Health announced that it will contribute $2.6 million to support the study of the risk factors, detection and diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease that results in long term brain deterioration.
The story leading to the eventual acceptance and support of a proposal submitted by Robert Stern, director of clinical research at Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, recently gained national attention when the project’s original donor, the National Football League, backed down from its previous commitment to fund the study.
In 2012, the NFL committed to an “unrestricted” $30 million donation to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for sports-related research. The organization signed a letter of agreement with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, which outlined potential research projects to be used with the promised funds. The parties ultimately came to an agreement to fund a longitudinal study involving CTE.