Our projects

The Drake Foundation is committed to working towards scientifically-significant studies in professional sport, with a focus on concussion, brain health and player transition after retirement.

Each project has been achieved by building connections and encouraging collaboration, in addition financial investment. We aim to encourage projects which answer key public health concerns on concussion in sport, neurodegenerative disease in former players and mental health in young men.

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.

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...

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...

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: Ongoing 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...