NFL and NIH award grants for concussion research

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm •  Published: December 16, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — The National Institutes of Health, with partial funding by the NFL, has chosen eight projects to receive support in researching concussions.

Two $6 million grants will be given to a cooperative partnership focused on long-term changes in the brain years after a head injury or after multiple concussions. The partnership includes the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD); and multiple academic medical centers.

The NIH also will provide just over $2 million for start-ups of sports-releated concussion projects. If the early results are encouraging, they may become the basis of more comprehensive projects.

The NIH institutes responsible for managing these grants are NINDS, NICHD, and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

"We need to be able to predict which patterns of injury are rapidly reversible and which are not," Story Landis, director of NINDS, said in a 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."

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