Source: dailymail.co.uk | Re-Post Duerson Fund 3/26/2018 –
Four former NFL players have joined the largest study to date into the football-linked brain disease CTE that could lead to a test for athletes during their lifetime.
The program, launched today, is the passion project of another former player Jim Joyce, who played for the Denver Broncos before founding biotech firm Exosome Sciences to investigate the diseases that afflict thousands of players in later life.
In a world-first, researchers will monitor the biggest ever cohort of living current and former players – around 200 – for years to identify biomarkers associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the disease linked to hard head-hits which causes dementia, aggression, and suicidal thoughts.
Among others, it will include 53-year-old Solomon Wilcots, former Cincinnati Bengal and NFL broadcaster, 57-year-old Steve Jordan, former Minnesota Viking, and 44-year-old Jamir Miller, former Arizona Cardinal and Cleveland Brown – as well as Joyce himself.
While the players will have no idea of the findings or results, the ambitious investigation could lead scientists to a test for CTE during life.
Currently, the neurodegenerative condition can only be diagnosed in an autopsy.