Bob Fitzsimmons Co-Authors Medical Research Paper on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy ("CTE")

Bob Fitzsimmons represented former NFL Hall of Famer Mike Webster in establishing permanent disability as a result of brain injuries sustained from football-related activities. He has co-authored another medical research paper on chronic traumatic encephalopathy ("CTE"). The study reported the findings from using [F-18] FDDNP PET scan to detect brain patterns of neuropathology distribution in fourteen (14) retired professional football players with suspected CTE and compared those results with twenty-eight (28) patients who were cognitively intact and served as the controls, as well as a comparison to twenty-four (24) patients with Alzheimer's dementia. The research indicated that the FDDNP PET imaging pattern in cases of suspected CTE was primarily consistent with PHF-Tau distribution observed at autopsy in subjects with a history of mild traumatic brain injury ("TBI") and autopsy confirmed the diagnosis of CTE. The journal article was published online on April 6, 2015 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, E2039-E2047.

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