Senate Committee Holds Hearing on TBI

The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on June 25 on the potential connections between traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and certain diseases.

The following experts testified:

  • Robert Stern, Ph.D., professor and clinical core director of the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center
  • Jacob VanLandingham, Ph.D., director of neurobiological research at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Neuroscience Center, and assistant professor at Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Ben Utecht, former professional football player for the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts
  • Chris Nowinski, former professional wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment, and founding executive director of Sports Legacy Institute

The experts and Committee Members discussed the links between TBI and concussions to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, among others. TBI associated with sports as well as military combat were both discussed.

PAN will be submitting comments to the record discussing TBI and Parkinson's, specifically highlighting work funded by the Department of Defense Parkinson's research program.

To read the full written testimonies and watch the hearing, click here.

Date originally posted: June 27, 2014.