NFL still owes more than half its brain research pledge

Dr. Ann C. McKee, the lead author of the study and the director of BU’s CTE Center and chief of neuropathology at the Boston VA, analyzed brain tissue in May at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank in Jamaica Plain./ STAN GROSSFELD/GLOBE STAFF/FILE

The league’s $30 million deal with the National Institutes of Health to study CTE is dissolving in acrimony

By Chris D’Angelo | The Huffington Post

The National Institutes of Health is ending its partnership with the NFL to study concussions and brain disease, with more than half of the $30 million the league pledged unpaid, according to ESPN.

The NIH decision to let the agreement expire follows a “bitter dispute in 2015 in which the NFL backed out of a major study” into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, that was awarded to Dr. Robert Stern, a neuroscientist at Boston University School of Medicine with a history of criticizing the league, ESPN reported.

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In 2012, the NFL described its $30 million contribution to NIH, the government’s primary biomedical research center, as “unrestricted,” and said it was the “single-largest donation to any organization in the league’s 92-year history.” NIH said the money came “with no strings attached.”

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