Dementia in Contact Sport Athletes

Dr Helen Murray –  Research Fellow at the Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland 

Helen will share research that addresses the question ‘What is happening inside the brains of our top contact sport athletes?’ Many are experiencing symptoms of a degenerative condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (or CTE), a progressive brain disease that causes Dementia and is associated with repetitive head injuries. By examining the brains of former athletes after death, we can learn about the long-term consequences of concussions. This research can also help us to better understand other neurodegenerative diseases, as a history of repetitive head injuries is also a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.