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Football League Funds Medical School Inquiry

Mon, 12/27/2010 - 4:36am
San Diego Business Journal

NFL Charities, the philanthropic arm of the National Football League owners, has awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to support sports-related medical research organizations, including nearly $100,000 that will go to a team of researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

According to a Dec. 21 press announcement from UC San Diego, $99,700 will help fund work by researchers studying novel methods of detecting brain injury.

"Injuries such as concussions are not visible using conventional CT (scans) or MRI in football players or other athletes with mild traumatic brain injury," said Mingxiong Huang, a School of Medicine professor leading the research project.

"The work being done at UC San Diegos imaging labs will enable a coach, parent or athlete to better assess a head injury and decide on the most appropriate course of treatment - including possibly staying on the sidelines."

- Steve Sinovic

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