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PINK Concussions Partners with University of Glasgow to Further Concussion Reserch

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have announced a research partnership with the international charity PINK Concussions.

Led by Dr Willie Stewart, the Glasgow Brain Injury Research Group hopes the partnership will bring much-needed attention to female brain injury research. Using the PINK Concussions’ #PINKBrainPledge, women in the UK will be encouraged to pledge to donate their brains to the Glasgow Traumatic Brain Injury Archive to study the effects of brain injury, including its link to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE.

Dr Stewart is an internationally renowned researcher, known for his work studying outcomes from brain injuries. He recently published a landmark study in the New England Journal of Medicine detailing the first major findings of the FIELD study, showing that former professional footballers were 3.5 times more likely to die with neurodegenerative disease than their matched population counterparts.

Based in America, PINK Concussions focuses on female brain injury, such as from sports concussion, domestic violence, accidents or military service. In 2020, PINK Concussions plans to make these invisible injuries in women visible with a goal of recruiting 2,020 women across the world to pledge their brains to research.

Dr Willie Stewart, honorary clinical associate professor at the University of Glasgow, said: “I am delighted that The Glasgow Brain Injury Research Group has partnered with PINK Concussions. Despite the many advances in understanding outcomes from brain injury we and others have reported, we must recognise that sex differences have not been adequately explored.”

“I hope that through this partnership more females will consider registering to donate their brain for research to allow us to take forward these important studies.”

Katherine Snedaker, Founder and Executive Director of PINK Concussions, said: “In the past, the focus of brain injury research has primarily been on male brains, without any active recruitment for women to pledge their brains after death.”

“We are so excited to partner with Dr Stewart and his colleagues in Glasgow to launch the first active recruitment of women in the UK to be a part of brain injury and CTE research..”

Information on the work of the Glasgow Brain Injury Research Group, including how to register for brain donation is available at: https://gbirg.inp.gla.ac.uk/register-for-brain-donation/

Women interested in participating in research brain donation are encouraged to take the PINK Concussions’ pledge #PINKBrainPledge. For more information on the #PINKBrainPledge visit http://www.pinkconcussions.com/

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No Surprise Here, Study Says Women Slower to Recover from Concussions

A new study, conducted by scientists at Taipei Medical University Shuang-Ho Hospital in New Taipei City, has revealed that women may have a tougher time recovering their memory than men after a concussion.

The study relied upon functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans to study the brains of 30 men and 30 women.

Neuropsychologist Dave Ellemberg, an associate professor who studies brain injuries at the University of Montreal, told the media that “you cannot treat women like you treat men. But in the field of the management of brain injuries, everyone is managed the same. The data mainly comes from men, and the management programs are all based on evidence that comes from them.”

The study appears online April 28 issue in the journal Radiology.


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Provocative Story in the LA Times Highlights Risk of Concussion for Female Athletes

The Sunday Los Angeles Times tells the story of Lauren Holiday, a UCLA basketball player, who is showing the detrimental effects of multiple concussions during a playing career, and how female student athletes often get lost in the headlines of concussion issues in the professional sports ranks.

“Holiday suffered her first three college head injuries in the summer of 2012 during pickup games and practices before her freshman season at UCLA,” according to the paper. “In the first, she took a knee to the head as she and a male scout-team player dived for a loose ball. The second came when a scout player’s elbow struck the top of her head while they battled for a rebound. The third occurred in a similar way.”

She would suffer two more concussions during actual games, which have all but shuttered her playing career.

The article also sounds an alarm over the risk of concussion to female college soccer players, specifically goalkeepers, noting that “three highly regarded soccer goalies (have been) forced to the sidelines (because of concussions): Emily Oliver, who won a national championship with Stanford; Molly Poletto, who played for the U.S. Youth under-17 and under-15 national teams but whose career was derailed before she ever played for the University of Utah; and Anna Cassell, another former youth national team member who starred for Northwestern.”

For  the full article, visit: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-0223-concussions-ucla-holiday-20140223,0,3323981.story?page=3#axzz2uKqhXBXx


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