MCW-affiliated concussion study gets more backing
*From Wisconsin Health News, 11/9/2018
A consortium studying concussions that includes the Medical College of Wisconsin recently received $22.5 million in new funding, according to a statement.
The money from the Department of Defense and NCAA will expand a concussion study that includes MCW, Indiana University School of Medicine, the University of Michigan and the Uniformed Services University.
The NCAA-DOD Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium has collected data on more than 39,000 student-athletes and cadets at 30 colleges and military service academies.
That includes 3,300-plus who have had concussions, the largest sample of concussions researched in a single study.
A $30 million joint NCAA-Department of Defense grant funded the first part of the study, which focused on the acute effects of concussions.
The new phase, funded by $12.5 million from NCAA and nearly $10 million from a DOD grant, will look at the intermediate and cumulative effects of concussion and repetitive head impacts.
"What we learn from this research will advance the science of traumatic brain injury and improve our understanding of how to best support the health and well-being of student-athletes, not only during their collegiate athletics experience but beyond,” Dr. Brian Hainline, NCAA chief medical officer, said in a statement.