Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an epidemic with as many as 3.8 million injuries in the United States each year.TBI is the leading cause of injury-related death and disability in children.Concussion, in particular, is one of the most common childhood injuries, and is widespread among athletes.Several studies suggest ice hockey has the highest incidence of concussion.A history of TBI, including concussion, is associated with the increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) later in life.And yet, there are no known specific therapies for TBI.Furthermore, research dollars dedicated to studying pediatric traumatic brain injury are surprisingly limited, with less than 0.1% of the National Institutes of Health budget dedicated to pediatric TBI.
How we are helping
In the past two years the Corey C. Griffin NHL Alumni Pro-Am has raised over $2.5 Million for Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Head Trauma Unit.These funds have been used to:
Developed antibodies that, in animal models, appear to prevent Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
Generated preliminary data, which we used to raise an additional $2,650,000 in grant funding.
Completed and published 50 peer-reviewed studies regarding concussion assessment, recovery, treatment, prevention, and prevention of long term complications such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
Contributed to changes in the international recommendations for managing concussions that occur during sports.
Enrolled 217 schools, obtained 72,588 computerized neurocognitive baseline assessments, and more than 5,700 post injury assessments on athletes who previously did not have access to computerized neurocognitive assessments.
A formal baseline concussion testing program supported by physicians and allied health professionals collaborating with schools to offer free baseline testing to eligible students.
Corey C. Griffin Brain Injury Research Fund
This new fund will specifically support pilot grants in all areas of brain injury research.Applicants will be awarded one-year grants to implement proposed projects.
Nine Concussion Research Fund
Supports current research efforts including antibodies that, in animal models, appear to prevent Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).These studies will soon translate from animal studies into human trials.