Many organizations, including the NFL and the NFLPA, have voiced support for CSTE research and encourage athletes to participate when possible. Recently, when asked if league officials’ thinking has evolved, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league has “embraced research, embraced technology when it comes to the safety of our players. We always believe in getting better. We’re encouraging players to work with Dr. Cantu and all of the folks at Boston University.”
The CSTE is currently focused on four interconnected research endeavors:
- VA CSTE Brain Bank – pathological research is the bedrock of the study of disease. CSTE neuropathologists study brain and spinal cord tissue of former athletes to better understand the cause, progression, and characteristics of the disease
- Brain Donation Registry – a registry of current and former athletes and military personnel who wish to donate their brain and spinal cord to the BU CSTE after death
- Clinical Studies – the CSTE will conduct and support research designed to identify genetic and environmental risk factors, diagnostic tests, treatment, and more
- Academic Articles – a list of our most recent published and in press academic articles
If you are a researcher that wants to collaborate with the CSTE, contact us.
The CSTE is also affiliated with the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center