BU Concussion Researcher Robert Stern Is A Certified Boss

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“The seven-year, $16 million initiative was to be funded out of a $30 million research grant the NFL gave the National Institutes of Health in 2012. The NFL has said repeatedly that it has no control over how that money is spent, but the league balked at this study, sources said, because the NIH awarded the project to a group led by Dr. Robert Stern, a prominent Boston University researcher who has been critical of the league.

In a news release announcing the study Tuesday morning, Boston University said the NIH would pay for the project but made no mention of the NFL. The study seeks to capture what has been described as the holy grail of concussion research: the ability to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in living patients.

I don’t know much about the BU medical school being a COM guy and all but this Robert Stern fellow sounds like the real deal. Apparently Stern and his team will use a $16 million grant to develop a method to diagnose CTE during life, which could be a big medical breakthrough.

Goodell and crew are claiming Stern’s “objectivity” is the reason they’re dropping funding. Which is just a thinly-veiled cover for the fact that they are worried Stern’s study will hurt the league.

As usual, it seems like the NFL is trying to protect its own backside. They don’t want to fund a study that will show how prevalent head trauma is in the NFL because 1) It will expose the league again for not doing enough and 2) It could impact viewership.

Not great PR for the league just as the movie “Concussion” is about to drop on Christmas Day (by the way, am I the only one who actually thinks Will Smith’s accent is solid in the trailers)?

But BU wants to find out the truth. They’ve been actively researching CTE for years, studying the brains of deceased NFL players. And Stern has reason to be critical of the NFL as the league clearly hasn’t done enough to protect players.

Now I guess it makes sense why BU doesn’t have a football team.

P.S- With a LinkedIn summary this long and with so many smart words, I would trust Robert Stern with almost any medical procedure.

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