Tag: Dr. Thor Stein

VA Boston Brain Bank works to help Veterans with brain disease

VA News | The VA Biorepository Brain Bank (VABBB) in Boston is a human tissue bank that collects, processes, stores and gives out research specimens for future scientific studies. The VABBB provides central nervous system tissue and health information to scientists studying disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease), disorders of Veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War […]

New BU Study Finds Tackle Football at Young Age Raises Risk for Brain Decline Later

The Brink | Boston University | The degenerative brain disease known as CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, has become a specter haunting football. One-time stars—like the late NFL defensive backs Irv Cross and Dave Duerson and the Hall of Fame center Mike Webster—who were all once heralded for their swaggering on-field heroics, later found themselves condemned to far less glamorous retirements, stuck […]

Age of First Exposure to Tackle Football and Years Played Associated with Less White Matter in Brain

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine | Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is not the only problem football players should be aware of. Long careers in American football are linked to less white matter in the brain and associated with problems with impulsive behavior and thinking according to a new study from the Boston University […]

BU CTE Center researchers have identified a gene linked to CTE-related outcomes

After 10 years of studying brains donated by families of deceased military service people, football players, and other contact-sport athletes, researchers from the BU School of Medicine and the VA Boston Healthcare System have amassed more than 600 brains, a collection they say has grown large enough to enable meaningful analysis of the genetics related […]