Many women in Louisiana suffer traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, from playing sports, serving in the military or getting in a car accident. However, since the vast majority of TBI research has been conducted on male brains, there is little information available about the ways female brains react to concussions.
To address the issue, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Brain Bank has teamed with PINK Concussions, a nonprofit organization, to carry out further research on brain injuries in women. To do that, they need more brains. The most effective brain injury research is conducted after a patient has died. However, the world's largest brain bank, the National Brain Bank, possesses fewer than 10 female brains.
To boost the bank's collection, the two organizations have recruited 205 women across the United States to donate their brains to science when they die. One of the volunteers is a former soccer player who sustained around 20 concussions during her playing career. Researchers hope that studying brains like hers will help them determine the rates at which women suffer concussion-related brain diseases, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a degenerative brain disorder that occurs after multiple head traumas. Studies have shown that many former NFL players suffered from the condition, but no proven cases have been linked to women due to the lack of female brain donations.
People who suffer brain injuries can experience a number of long-term disabilities, including memory loss, cognitive disorders, depression and degenerative diseases. When a brain injury occurs due to the negligent actions of another party, a victim may benefit from speaking to a personal injury attorney about his or her legal options.