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CTE research moves on, even without the NFL's money

Boston University School of Medicine scientist Robert Stern stands in front of projected images of brain scans as he addresses researchers at a meeting held to launch a seven-year study into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, at the school Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Boston. Researchers are moving ahead with their efforts to find a way to diagnose CTE in the living, even without the NFL's help. After a fight between the league and scientists over grant money, the National Institutes of Health funded the $16 million study. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
June 01, 2016 - 3:48 PM

BOSTON - Researchers are moving ahead with efforts to develop a diagnostic test for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (ehn-sehf-uh-LAH'-thuh-pee) — even without the NFL's help.

Some of the nation's top brain scientists gathered Wednesday at the Boston University School of Medicine for the start of a research project designed to find a test for CTE and identify its risk factors. For now, the disease increasingly found in former football players can only be diagnosed during an autopsy.

The project had originally been slated to receive money that the NFL earmarked for concussion research. But the league's complaints about Boston University researchers led the National Institutes of Health to pay for it with other funds.

Doctors at the meeting said they were looking ahead, to the research, and not dwelling on the political manoeuvring that delayed its start.

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