Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas are teaming up with the state to better prevent and treat brain injuries. Officials at UT Southwestern announced Friday that the state has allocated $15 million toward brain injury research as part of a new initiative called the Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair.
The initiative will help researchers learn more about brain injuries by focusing on three areas: science and clinical research, state of the art brain imaging, and education and prevention strategies for the community.
The development is a big one for the sports community – sports-related concussions affect around 3.8 million Americans each year.
While there has recently been a lot of talk about concussions in the NFL, brain injuries don't just stop there; hundreds of thousands of military members, along with accident victims, suffer from brain injuries.
Researchers and those who have been pushing for more brain injury awareness say the grant couldn't have come at a better time.
Additionally, some of that money will go toward focusing in on younger kids and teens.
A website geared toward educating teachers, parents and young athletes is expected to be launched by July.
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