The Drake Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation committed to understanding and improving the health and welfare of people impacted by head injuries, including sports players and IPV survivors, through scientific research and collaboration. Launched in 2014, we have already invested over £2.2 million into research funding and open access resources.
Since our inception, we have now funded eight ground-breaking research projects to provide an evidence-based understanding of the link between sport-related head impacts and long-term health outcomes. The majority of these projects focus on populations of players from rugby and football, including HEADING, BRAIN and the Drake Rugby Biomarker Study.
In 2021, we expanded our scope to investigate brain health outcomes in people who have experienced IPV (intimate partner violence). As with our research in sport-associated head injuries, it is expected that the Drake IPV Programme will contribute a wider understanding of brain injury and its outcomes across society.