The NFL Commits $30 Million Donation to the Foundation for the NIH to Support Medical Research
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Posted by: Bernadette Rensing
The National Football League Commits $30 Million Donation
to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to Support Medical
BETHESDA, MD (September 5, 2012) - The Foundation for the
National Institutes of Health (FNIH) announces that the National Football
League (NFL) has agreed to donate $30 million in support of research on
serious medical conditions prominent in athletes and relevant to the general
This is the largest philanthropic gift the NFL has given
in the league's 92-year history.
With this contribution, the NFL becomes the founding
donor to a new Sports and Health Research Program, which will be conducted in
collaboration with institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health
plans for the research to be undertaken remain to be developed, but potential
areas under discussion include: chronic traumatic encephalopathy; concussion;
understanding the potential relationship between traumatic brain injury and
late life neurodegenerative disorders, especially Alzheimer's disease; chronic
degenerative joint disease; the transition from acute to chronic pain; sudden
cardiac arrest in young athletes; and heat and hydration-related illness and
injury. The FNIH hopes to welcome other donors, including additional
sports organizations, to the collaboration.
"We are grateful for the NFL's generosity,"
says Dr. Stephanie James, FNIH acting executive director. "The research to
be funded by this donation will accelerate scientific discovery that will
benefit athletes and the general public alike."
"We are looking forward to working with the NFL and
other organizations to conduct research on a host of medical conditions
affecting athletes," Dr. Story Landis,
director of NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke,
said. "Findings from this research will provide us with better ways to
detect, diagnose and treat these conditions, and in some cases, even prevent
"We hope this grant will help accelerate the medical
community's pursuit of pioneering research to enhance the health of athletes
past, present and future," said Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner.
"This research will extend beyond the NFL playing field and benefit
athletes at all levels and others, including members of our military."
About the Foundation for the NIH
Established by the United States Congress to support the
mission of the NIH - improving health through scientific discovery in the
search for cure - the Foundation for the NIH is a leader in identifying and
addressing complex scientific and health issues. The Foundation is a
non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises private-sector funds
for a broad portfolio of unique programs that complement and enhance the NIH
priorities and activities. For additional information about the Foundation for
the NIH, visit www.fnih.org.