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For imminent brain donation matters, please call the 24-hour emergency donation pager at 617.992.0615.

For imminent brain donation matters in Australia, email SPORTS Brain Bank or call the 24-hour line (02) 8005 6891.

Sign Up for the Brain Donation Registry

Donating one’s brain to research is one of the most precious gifts an individual can make. Brain donation helps researchers understand the consequences of repetitive brain trauma by allowing close examination of any injuries or disease processes.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. brain pledge
NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. pledged his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation in 2016.

All adults, with or without a history of sports participation or military service, are eligible to register as brain donors. Those who make the #MyLegacyPledge receive a brain donor wallet card, as well as information on the brain donation process. Donated tissue is examined by a team of doctors who arrive at a consensus diagnosis which is communicated to next of kin. All expenses associated with donation and analysis are handled by the brain bank - there is no cost to donors or family members.

Location: International
Seeking: Athletes and military veterans throughout the United States may pledge to donate their brains and spinal cords upon their death to look for evidence of damage and disease
Goal: Understand CTE, share tissue with researchers around the world to advance knowledge
Contact: Click the green button below to join the brain donation registry with the option to receive a wallet card.

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We are proud to support the following studies currently underway across the country.

DIAGNOSE CTE Research Project

Diagnostics, Imaging, And Genetics Network for the Objective Study and Evaluation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Location: Boston, New York, Las Vegas, Scottsdale/Phoenix
Seeking: Former NFL players, former college football players, and non-contact athlete control participants between the ages of 45 and 74 will be recruited for a three day study visit at one of four locations.
GoalThe DIAGNOSE CTE Research Project is a multi-center, multi-disciplinary, 7-year, longitudinal study designed to develop and refine methods of diagnosing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) during life and to examine risk factors for CTE. The study will not be providing a diagnosis or treatments to participants. Funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Learn how to participate here or contact Olivia Haller at or 617.414.1193.
Click here to visit the DIAGNOSE CTE Research Project website.


Health Outreach Program for the Elderly
Greater Boston
Seeking: Male and female subjects who are at least 50 years old, played a minimum of five years of football, MMA, boxing, rugby, soccer, or ice hockey, with two of those years occurring at the collegiate, semi-professional, or professional levels. Participants will have a two-day visit once a year to the BU School of Medicine to participate in a variety of tests, including a neurologic exam, memory and cognitive tests, mood and behavior questionnaires, a blood draw, and an MRI scan.
Goal: The HOPE Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) study is designed to develop methods of diagnosing CTE during life. This is an extension of the Health Outreach Program for the Elderly (HOPE) Study of the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Interested in participating? Contact Alyssa Phelps at or 617.358.6545.

Molecular Imaging of Brain Injury and Repair in NFL Players

Location: Baltimore
Seeking: Researchers at Johns Hopkins are seeking former NFL players who played for two or more seasons and whose last season was within the last five years. Participants must be between 25 and 40 years old and have no history of psychiatric disease. Qualified participants will undergo a PET scan, an MRI scan, and an optional lumbar puncture. Those completing the study will receive compensation for time and travel to Baltimore.
Goal: The purpose of this study is to track markers of injury and repair, provide data to analyze concussions, determine the severity of the effects, and determine the overall long term health impact on the players.

Interested in participating? Contact Dr. Jennifer Coughlin at or 443.287.4701.

Light Therapy Study

Light Therapy to Improve Cognition in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
: Greater Boston
Seeking: Male and female subjects ages 18-75. Must have experienced TBI(s) at least 6 months ago, prior to the screening visit. The TBI(s) may be mild to moderate, associated with car accidents, blast injury in veterans, and work-related or sports related injuries, including repetitive head impacts as may occur in American football, ice hockey, soccer, etc.
Goal: The purpose of this research study is to examine whether light-emitting diode (LED) treatment applied to the head can improve thinking and memory in people who have suffered one or more traumatic brain injuries (TBI). After a TBI, some cells may not fully recover. Applying light to the head, in specific red and near-infrared wavelengths, may help to repair cells that may not be functioning properly after injury.

Interested in participating? Contact the LED Neuromodulation Research Team at 857.364.4029 or click here to learn more.

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