University of Minnesota gets medical grant from NFL CharitiesPublished 8:22am Wednesday, September 12, 2012
NFL Charities awarded the University of Minnesota a $100,000 medical research grant Tuesday, with two thirds of the money focused on investigating the effects of concussions.
The university was one of 15 organizations awarded the NFL’s grant.
Donald Dengel, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Kinesiology, said that they are all very excited about the program.
“The University always has a positive reaction to grants, but the NFL grant has a little mystique to it, “ Dengel said.
Dengel, who will be leading the research team, said they want to focus their study on MRI methods after concussions to get a better understanding about how people’s brains are affected by concussions. According to Dengel, right now MRI’s work like a camera, and they want to change it into working like a video camera.
“We’ve spent three years researching our technique, and it’s exciting that they have the same philosophy and think our ideas could work,” Dengel said.
In addition to Minnesota, other Midwest schools receiving grants include Penn State and Ohio State.