2012

Advocacy, Education, & Awareness

  • SLI launches the California Concussion Coalition
  • SLI hosts first Hit Count™ Symposium, initiating discussion between leading scientists, technology companies, and sports organizations nationwide
  • Concussion Coalition in August 2012, beginning with training 1,000 football coaches in Los Angeles Unified School District
  • SLI launches Hit Count™ Initiative
  • SLI launches the Concussion Checklist
  • SLI Community Educators (SLICE) expands to DePaul University in Chicago, trains over 1,200 4th to 12th grade students to date

Research

  • BU CSTE publishes first case series of military veterans with CTE, collaborates with Dr. Lee Goldstein on groundbreaking CTE laboratory model
  • BU CSTE brain bank grows from 105 to over 140 donors
  • BU CSTE partners with Cleveland Clinic to run first ever CTE Conference in Las Vegas in September

2011

Advocacy, Education, & Awareness

  • SLI Advanced Concussion Training (ACTs, formally Concussion Clinics) reach over 5,000 coaches in 40 programs across the United States
  • SLI launches the Chicago Concussion Coalition in August 2011, soon comprised of 50 organizations with the goal of making athletes safer in the Chicago area. Every coach in the Chicago Public Schools was required to take the SLI Advanced Concussion Training course
  • SLI convinces EA Sports to treat concussions realistically in Madden Football to educate young players learning the game
  • SLI Community Educators (SLICE) expands to DePaul University in Chicago, trains over 4,500 4th to 12th grade students
  • NFL and Ivy League follow SLI proposal to limit brain trauma in football practice, setting strict limits on exposure

Research

  • BU CSTE brain bank grows from 70 to 105 donors
  • BU CSTE (Dr. Bob Stern, principal investigator) receives National Institute of Health’s first ever grant to study Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). DETECT will be a 3 year, $1.4M study aimed at finding an in vivo biomarker for CTE
  • Over 400 former athletes are enrolled in LEGEND longitudinal telephone survey

2010

Advocacy & Awareness

  • SLI leads Massachusetts to become the 6th state with concussion legislation
  • SLI and BU CSTE raise awareness through HBO Real Sports, CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, ESPN, Fox News, CBS News with Katie Couric, ABC News with Diane Sawyer, NPR, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, USA Today, and a cover story in Sports Illustrated
  • MD/PhD students Alex Bagley andDan Daneshvar co-found SLI Community Educators (SLICE) as service chapters at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine, where they train medical school students to give concussion presentations to students in 4th-12th grades
  • SLI launches 7 Steps to Brain Safety as minimum recommended standards for sports
  • Dr. Cantu named senior advisor to NFL Head, Neck & Spine Committee

Research

  • BU CSTE accepts NFL pledge as a $1 million unrestricted gift
  • BU CSTE Brain Bank grows from 21 cases to 70
  • BU CSTE launches Longitudinal Examination to Gather Evidence of Neurodegenerative Disease (LEGEND) study, the first longitudinal study of CTE in the world
  • BU CSTE co-director Dr. Ann McKeepublishes article proposing a new sub-type of ALS that appears to a variation of CTE, and is therefore linked to trauma

2009

Advocacy & Awareness

  • SLI and BU CSTE leadership testify in two hearings on NFL Head Injuries held by the House Judiciary Committee. In October, Dr. Cantu, Dr. McKee, Chris Nowinski, and SLI Board Member Eleanor Perfetto were among 16 experts to testify
  • NFL admits, for the first time, that concussions can lead to later life impairments. Credits BU CSTE research for change, pledging to donate $1 million to the center
  • Dr. Cantu, Dr. McKee, and Chris Nowinski invited to NFL Players Association Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee
  • SLI and BU CSTE are featured by HBO Real Sports, 60 Minutes, CNN, ESPN, TSN, Fox News, National Public Radio, the New York Times, Associated Press, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, the Globe and Mail, and by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker

Research

  • BU CSTE Brain Bankgrows from five to twenty-one donations. BU CSTE releases first hockey player, Reggie Fleming, and first college football player, Mike Borich, ever diagnosed with the disease.
  • BU CSTE Brain Donation Registry grows from under thirty pledges to over 200

2008

  • SLI partners with Boston University School of Medicine (BU) and the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to found the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE), the first center in the world to focus on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (link)
  • BU CSTE Brain Bank ends year with five cases
  • BU CSTE launches Brain Donation Registry with 16 athletes committing to donate their brains upon death
  • SLI holds first Concussion Clinic for New Hampshire Pop Warner head coaches
  • SLI receives 501(c)(3) status retroactive to 2007 founding
  • SLI establishes Annual Impact Awards

2007

  • SLI incorporates in June
  • Brain bank receives first donation from family of Chris Benoit