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NFL gives UPMC/Univ. of Pittsburgh grant

The NFL and General Electric presented one of their inaugural Head Health Initiative grants to researchers with the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Concussion Program. The grant will aid in innovative brain imaging research that is being conducted as a part of an interdepartmental study that will assess whether a powerful imaging technology can identify concussion and recovery in a newly injured athlete.

The Steelers and other sports teams have utilized the UPMC Concussion Program and the ImPACT test developed by Dr. Micky Collins, which has become part of the protocol for players to be able to return to the field after suffering a concussion.

The NFL and GE launched a four-year, $40 million Head Health Initiative in 2013, with the aim of improving the diagnosis and treatment of concussion, spurring innovation among health care and academic experts, and benefiting the safety of athletes, military members and society in general.

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