Drake Rugby Biomarker Study: a biomarker study of head injury in rugby

Principal Investigators: Professor John Hardy, Professor Huw Morris, Professor Henrik Zetterberg
Co-Investigators: Dr Etienne Laverse, Professor David Sharp
Institutions: UCL Institute of Neurology, Imperial College London
Status: Ongoing

Having commenced at Saracens Rugby Club in 2015, this longitudinal study now involves players from a number of Premiership and Championship rugby union and rugby league teams. The study involves collection of blood, saliva and urine in an effort to uncover potential biomarkers of concussion injuries, as well as using advanced neuroimaging techniques and cognitive testing to investigate any changes associated with participation in elite rugby.

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News and links:

BBC Morning Live feature on the neuroimaging findings from the Drake Rugby Biomarker Study (published July 2021)

BBC Breakfast feature on the neuroimaging findings from the Drake Rugby Biomarker Study (published July 2021)

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