Summary

Rugby players are increasingly concerned about the possibility of getting dementia. Recent research points at potential causation between concussion, vascular damage and dementia. This proposal is for a study to look for ways to treat vascular damage.

 

Challenge

This project looks to establish what damage, if any, is done to the vascular structures in rugby players brains; what impact this has on cognitive function and dementia outcomes in the long term; how any damage can be identified and treated immediately and after extended periods of time. 

Solution

The Advisory Board will put out a call for project proposals from universities and research institutions with experience in this field. The brief: to identify the causes, diagnostic tools and treatments for new and historic vascular damage in the brain. Ultimately finding a means to regenerate the vascular supply to avoid or cure vascular dementia.

Long-Term Impact

Ultimately to be able to repair vascular damage, ensure uncompromised brain function and find a cure for vascular dementia.

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/vascular-repair-and-regeneration-in-rugby-players/#menu