NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team led by Boston University researchers has received a seven-year, $15.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop methods for detecting and diagnosing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

CTE is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by the accumulation of abnormal tau protein in the brain. It is commonly associated with repetitive head injuries, such as those sustained in boxing or football, and is currently only diagnosable through post-mortem brain dissection.

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