Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen is a man who wears many hats. In addition to his many business endeavors, he is also the founder of the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
Now, the Blazers and Seahawks owner is expanding his interest in neuroscience, looking further into the study of Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI.
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has awarded a $2.37 million grant over two years to the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Brain Science, which will study the way blows to the head can damage the brain. Scientists will more specifically look into whether even mild concussions early in life can lead to dementia later in life.
"Awareness of TBI has grown in recent years, but our understanding of what actually happens to the brain in the years following that type of injury is still a great mystery," Susan M. Coliton, Vice President of the Allen Family Foundation says in a statement.
"For the first time, we will determine the structural and molecular genetic changes that occur in the brain years or decades after a TBI," adds Dr. Keene of the University of Washington.
Approximately two million people suffer from brain injuries every year caused by sudden hits to the head, and most come off of the football field. The World Health Organization predicts TBI will be the third-leading cause of death and disability for all ages worldwide by the year 2020.