Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) announced an agreement of collaboration with the neuroscience specialists of the Brain Injury Group. The groups of scientists and researchers plan to compare their data on brain injuries, including strokes, head trauma, and other areas of research. They also plan to determine any links between brain injuries and later developments of other neurological dysfunctions, disorders, and diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
BRNI is a nonprofit institute dedicated to the study of memory and diseases of memory. It is the only nonprofit institute of its kind. Of the recent agreement between BRNI and the Brain Injury Group, Dr. Daniel Alkon of BRNI was reported as saying, ‘Together, we will uncover the potential links between brain injury and diseases and disorders of human memory, including Alzheimer’s disease.’
A huge area of focus for the two groups will be chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is a repeated chronic swelling of the brain suffered commonly by boxers, football players, and soldiers who experience brain injuries as a result of being near explosions in combat zones. Some scientists believe that the high rate of traumatic brain injury among U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq could lead to an equally increasing rate of CTE cases in the injured soldiers.
BRNI and the Brain Injury Group plan have set high aims at understanding all there is to know about the functioning of the brain and human memory. Their collaboration holds much promise for patients suffering with brain injuries and CTE. The groups plan to study the mechanisms by which CTE arises following traumatic brain injuries.
Future research and collaboration such as this may allow radical new developments in the treatment, diagnosis, rehabilitation, and prevention of traumatic brain injury.