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The NFL, The NIH, And The Complications of Public-Private Scientific Research

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Walter Koroshetz needed some advice. It was September of 2014, and Koroshetz, the director of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was looking for donors to participate in the Sports Health Research Program (SHRP), a program intended to address brain trauma in sports.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

This is a sad tale of two giants. One (the NIH) can’t fund research so it begins to beg for outside funds not thinking there will be any strings attached. The other (the NFL) is playing a delaying action so that they can continue to make as much money as possible by saying we need more research (sounds a lot like the tobacco industry).  When these two get together, it is like adding a lighted match to a vat of gasoline ending in a variety of lawsuits.

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