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Seahawks Owner Paul Allen Funds Research into Brain Injuries

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation recently awarded a $2.37 million grant to Seattle-area researchers investigating the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries. During the two-year study, scientists at the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle will examine human brains at the structural, cellular and molecular levels, looking for changes related to traumatic brain injury.

The primary investigators leading the study are Dr. Richard G. Ellenbogen, chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at The University of Washington and co-chairman of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee; Dr. Ed Lein, investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science; and Dr. C. Dirk Keene, assistant professor in the Division of Neuropathology at the University of Washington.

“The ‘perfect storm’ of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with TBI and PTSD, and the increased recognition of concussion in youth and professional sports has inspired neuroscientists to better understand the short and long-term consequences of TBI,” said Dr. Ellenbogen.

In September 2012, the NFL provided $30 million in funding to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) for brain injury research. Earlier this year, the NFL, GE and Under Armour announced a four-year, $60 million collaboration to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury.

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