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.
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.”