Dr. Robert Stern, above, of the Boston University School of Medicine, said he was optimistic that the project would lead to many answers about chronic traumatic encephalopathy. By KEN BELSON December 22, 2015
Researchers at several leading universities and research institutes on Tuesday were awarded almost $16 million to find a way to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head hits in contact sports, in living patients.
The National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke issued the seven-year grant as part of a long-term study of former N.F.L. and college football players, and a control group of people who did not play contact sports or suffer a brain injury.
“There are so many critical unanswered questions about C.T.E.,” Robert Stern, the lead principal investigator and a professor of neurology, neurosurgery and anatomy and neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine, said in a statement. “We are optimistic that this project will lead to many of these answers, by developing accurate methods of detecting and diagnosing C.T.E. during life, and by examining genetic and other risk factors for this disease.”
For years, researchers have…