League partnering with Boston U. for brain study

The NFL has joined with the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy in an effort to generate better research on the impact of concussions on the brain, according to a league source. Specifically, the partnership will encourage the donations of brains to the center for study, and the league also is making a significant financial commitment, prepared to go above $1 million or more if necessary, according to a source.

The Boston University Center needs the brains of healthy people to analyze to validate its scientific studies, and the league also is encouraging former players, especially those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, to donate brains as well. The league will contact roughly 100 players with those ailments who are receiving benefits through the 88 Plan, according to the source, and urge their families to donate.

The league is continuing its effort to find new doctors to chair its Concussion Committee, which also is conducting its own study on the long-term impact of concussions on the brain.

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