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NCAA-DOD CARE Consortium Receives $42.65M Award to Launch the Next Phase of Study

Oct. 11, 2021 MCW News – The NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium — the largest concussion and repetitive head impact study in history — has received a $25 million award from the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) via the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).

Michael McCrea, PhD, professor of neurosurgery and co-director of the Center for Neurotrauma Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, directs the advanced research core, which includes head impact sensor technologies, advanced neuroimaging and biological markers that include detailed genetic testing.

This funding is for the next phase of the research program, known as the CARE/Service Academy Longitudinal mTBI Outcomes Study (SALTOS) Integrated (CSI) Study. This phase will investigate the nature and causes of long-term effects of head impact exposure (HIE) and concussion/mild traumatic brain injury in NCAA student-athletes and military service members.

An additional $10 million from the NCAA and $7.65 million from the Defense Health Agency via a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement will provide funding to begin this phase of the landmark research project.

View the full announcement from the NCAA

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