Our projects

The Drake Foundation is committed to working towards scientifically-significant studies that provide a greater understanding of long-term brain health and disease risk factors. While our individual studies focus on specific populations, including sports players and people who have experienced domestics abuse, all have translational value to contribute a wider understanding of brain injury and long-term health outcomes across society.

Each research project has been achieved by building connections and encouraging collaboration, in addition financial investment. We encourage projects that answer key public health concerns including concussion in sport, neurodegenerative disease in former players and long-term holistic health.

You can see details of ongoing and past studies funded by The Drake Foundation below, in addition to information on our research governance and future work.

The Drake Football Study

Principal Investigators: Vincent Gouttebarge, Gino Kerkhoffs Co-Investigators: Thor Einar Andersen, Charlotte Cowie, Edwin Goedhart, Harald Jørstad, Simon Kemp, Marsh Konigs, Mario Maas, Emmanuel Orhant, Jussi Rantanen, Jari Salo, Luis Serratosa,...

Drake Football Concussion Study: evaluating concussion in Premier League football

Principal Investigators: Professor Tony Belli, Dr Patrick O’Halloran Institutions: University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Status: Ongoing Premier League footballers are participating in this ground-breaking concussion study...

The Drake IPV Study

Principle Investigators: Professor William Stewart, Professor Craig Ritchie, Dr Graciela Muniz-Terrera Institutions: University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh Status: Ongoing Website: Coming soon The Drake IPV Study will investigate any...

HEADING – Health and Ageing Data IN the Game of football

Principal Investigators: Professor Neil Pearce, Dr Valentina Gallo, Professor Damien McElvenny Co-Investigators: Dr Simon Kemp, Dr Sebastian Crutch, Professor Huw Morris, Professor Henrik Zetterberg, Dr Andrea Malaspina, Professor John Cherrie,...

BRAIN – Brain health & healthy ageing in retired elite rugby players

Principal Investigators: Professor Neil Pearce, Dr Valentina Gallo, Professor Damien McElvenny Co-Investigators: Dr Simon Kemp, Professor Nigel Arden Institutions: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Queen Mary University of...

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...

Head injury, cognition & imaging correlates of dementia in the Insight 1946 cohort

Principal Investigators: Professor Nick Fox, Dr Jonathan Schott Institution: Dementia Research Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology Status: Complete The 1946 birth cohort consists of over 3000 individuals, all born in...

Mixed pathologies, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, account for dementia in retired association football (soccer) players

Principal Investigators: Dr Helen Ling, Professor Huw Morris, Dr James Neal, Professor Andrew Lees, Professor John Hardy, Professor Janice Holton, Professor Tamasz Revesz, Dr Don Williams Institution: Queen Square Brain...

Future work

On the 12 November 2017 The Drake Foundation announced its intention to commit £1 million to UK-based research projects investigating concussion in association football. This was followed by the announcements...

Research governance

Research aims of The Drake Foundation The research aims of The Drake Foundation are centred on forging the most effective partnerships and funding the best minds at leading institutions in...