Source: tsn.ca | Re-Post Duerson Fund 5/10/2017 –
A U.S. federal court judge in Minneapolis late Wednesday denied an attempt by the NHL to force Boston University to hand over reams of medical data related to its research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), saying that task would be “staggering.”
Boston University is home to one of the premier research labs in the world. It has analyzed the brains of nearly 400 research subjects and its findings are projected to play a central role in a high-stakes lawsuit moving forward in Minnesota.
In a proposed class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. federal court in Minneapolis, a group of more than 100 former players allege the NHL put profits ahead of their health by turning a blind eye to studies about the dangers of repeated head trauma.
While lawyers for the former players argue the NHL’s alleged negligence has heightened their clients’ prospects for developing CTE – a degenerative brain disease found in six former NHLers and about 100 ex-NFL players – the NHL has countered by questioning the legitimacy of research into the disease.