NFL allocates millions to concussion research – to #ConquerABI

The NFL has reallocated more than $17 million of funding for research into concussions and the effects of brain injuries after a dispute last year related to funding for research by the National Institutes of Health.

The funding now will be divided among research done by the Department of Defense, TRACK-TBI (a study funded by NIH) and the National Institute of Aging, a branch of NIH, according to the NFL.

“We know this is the type of work we need to better our understanding of these diseases,” Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer, said by phone Friday. “These contributions are certainly going to result in improved understanding.”

“These research initiatives represent important scientific projects, with proven track records of achievement that affect public health,” the NFL said in a written statement. “Each of these research programs receives substantial federal funding. Through this commitment, the League hopes to advance the understanding of concussion and other brain injuries, especially among athletes and veterans.”

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