USF team working to establish link between repeated brain injury and Alzheimer’s


TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – A brain injury suffered by many former NFL players would have a link to Alzheimer’s.

A University of South Florida professor is studying chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and its link to the debilitating brain disease.

Dr. Martin Muschol, an associate professor of physics at USF is looking into the possibility that repeated brain injuries can plant a “seed” that later leads to Alzheimer’s.

“An early stage initiating event like repeated head injuries can basically plant the seed that will not show up for long periods of time, maybe months or years or decades later,” said Muschol.

Muschol recently received a 3-year $440,00 grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health to continue work on the condition. Muschol is looking on the molecular level to establish the link between CTE and Alzheimer’s.

“In many of these situations, you hope that in the process you get insights to what can we do to intervene with this process, what can we do to disrupt this process and what are actually the right interventions to do it,” said Muschol.

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