A new tool, with further testing, may help clinicians rule out a history of mild head traumas as a causal factor in former athletes presenting with abnormal cognitive decline. Collectively, athletes in high-impact sports suffer up to 3.8 million sports concussions annually, leaving them vulnerable to long-term cognitive damage that only becomes apparent as they age.
Until now, there was no objective way for retired athletes to prove cognitive problems were due to concussions sustained during their careers. The MRI-based diagnostic tool combines markers from cognitive, genetic, white matter and grey matter assessments of the brain and was developed jointly by researchers at the University of Montreal, Ludmer Centre and the Montreal Neurological Institute.
Read the article in European Journal of Neuroscience:
Publications: Sébastien Tremblay, Yasser Iturria-Medina, José María Mateos-Pérez, Alan C. Evans, Louis De Beaumont. Defining a multimodal signature of remote sports concussions. European J of Neuroscience, 16 May 2017. DOI: 10.1111/ejn.13583
Learn more about the Ludmer researcher(s): Drs Yasser Iturria-Medina, José María Mateos-Pérez, Alan Evans @ the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI)
Institutions collaborating in the research:
- Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
- Centre de Recherche de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada
- Department of Surgery, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada
This research in the news: Want more? Dr Sébastien Tremblay and Dr Louis de Beaumont gave interviews to McGill Newsroom, BBC, TVA, RDS and the Montreal Gazette. The publisher, Wiley, also issued a press release. Over 60 sites –mainly news aggregators (automate news lists of subject-specific articles)– for health, sports and biotech companies, as well as the University of Montreal and the World Economic Forum, reposted these articles or similar versions within a week of publication (source: Google title searches).
Altmetric, which tracks the impact of academic research articles, reports the article is in the top 5%.
Read the articles:
- RDS, July 20, 2017: Début d’une percée majeure sur les commotions cérébrales?
- BBC World, News Day (interview Dr Louis de Beaumont); July 14, 2017 (will be removed July 16th): New research using artificial intelligence develops a method to help detect long-term concussion in athletes. Interview starts at 41-minute mark
- TVA Nouvelles (interview Dr Tremblay); July 14, 2017 (en français): Un outil pour détecter les commotions cérébrales
- Montreal Gazette (interview Dr Tremblay), July 12, 2017: Artificial intelligence has detected brain trauma formerly visible only in autopsies (reprinted in reportca.net)
- McGill Newsroom, July 12, 2017: Detecting long-term concussion in athletes
- Neuro, July 12, 2017: Déceler les effets à long terme des commotions cérébrales chez les athletes
- Wiley, May 17, 2017: Tool May Help Determine Older Adults’ History of Sports Concussions
- ConsumerAffairs-20, July 12 2017: Artificial intelligence may help detect long-term concussions in athletes
- Electronics360, July 12, 2017: Artificial Intelligence Could be the Key to Detecting Concussions in Athletes Years Later
- PsychCentral, June 12, 2017: AI Tool May Detect Previous Brain Trauma in Living Patients (picked up from UdeM site)