I have been contacted by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine regarding a study they are conducting on the long-term effects of repeated brain trauma, like that incurred in contact sports or in the military. The goal of the current study, known as DETECT, is to learn how to diagnose the neurodegenerative disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in living people. The study is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Right now it is only possible to diagnose the disease postmortem. The study involves two groups: 100 former NFL football players and 50 former elite level non-contact sport athletes.
The study team is currently recruiting former elite male athletes between the ages of 40-69 who participated in at least 2 years of college or higher level non-contact sports and who did not participate in organized high-contact sports (football, hockey, etc.). The study involves two days in Boston (all travel and related expenses covered) for a variety of testing including MRI scans, spinal tap, blood draw, EEG, and neurological, cognitive, and mood exams.
If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, you can contact the study research coordinator, Christine Baugh, either by email or by phone at 617-638-6143. The first step involves a phone conversation with Christine during which she will go through a series of questions with you to make sure you are eligible.
To learn more, visit the BU CSTE website.