Contribution of Gaudreau and Konrad appears in Brain

Research results from Amanda Gaudreau’s (PhD’17) dissertation just appeared in the January 2018 issue of Brain, a Journal of Neurology by Oxford Academic, in an article entitled “Concussion, microvascular injury, and early tauopathy in young athletes after impact head injury and an impact concussion mouse model”. Amanda contributed to image analysis of mouse brains that showed tau protein clumping in nerve cells after head impact. The article is causing quite a stir as it shows for the first time, based on a mouse model, that head impact, regardless of concussion, is a likely cause of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), commonly diagnosed in NFL players. Prof. Lee Goldstein is the lead author on the article, and was Amanda’s co-advisor in the course of her research at Boston University.