Concussions, the blood-brain barrier and auto-immune disease


Do multiple concussions trigger an auto-immune reaction? Research involving football players in a study through the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic points to a link between concussions and auto-immune reactions which may account for development of tau deposits associated with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). The study will lead to advancement in detecting changes in the brain of individuals who have experienced multiple concussions and hopefully will become a tool to be used in the emergency room, the sports arena and the battlefield. We have seen too many great athletes like Dave Dursen and Junior Seau whose lives have been so negatively impacted by brain injury caused by multiple concussions.

Research is advancing rapidly in improving the detection of concussive injuries and in our understanding of the mislabeled “mild” brain injuries. Click here to read a summary of the study:


Tag Lines: Mild Brain Injury, concussions, brain injury auto-immune disease, multiple concussions

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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