NFL and NIH award concussion grants

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Institutes of Health, with partial funding by the NFL, has chosen eight projects to receive support in researching concussions.

Two $6 million grants are given to a cooperative partnership focused on long-term changes in the brain years after a head injury or after multiple concussions. The partnership is between the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; and multiple academic medical centers.

NIH also will fund six pilot projects totaling just over $2 million and lasting up to two years designed to provide support for the early stages of sports-related concussion projects. If the early results are encouraging, they may become the basis of more comprehensive projects.

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