Creating a “concussion bank”

Creating a “concussion bank”Posted on 27/06/2016 From the Herald-Sun’s Brigid O’Connell THE brains of AFL footballers would be stored in perpetuity, under an ambitious plan to broaden one of Australia’s most comprehensive research programs studying the toll of head-knocks. Victoria’s Brain Bank, the busiest and one of the largest in the country, wants to expand its services to establish a concussion bank to unlock the secrets of head trauma, as well as diagnosing other new brain degenerative diseases. Brain Bank leader Professor Catriona McLean said, while the bank did not currently need more donations of brains, it was calling on the public to help raise $500,000 to expand the service and train the next cohort of neuropathologists. As well as providing diagnoses, the bank of 1500 brains provides international research…

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