Publication of Review Paper on Controversial Topic

Published: October 24th, 2017

Category: Faculty, feature post, Students

Breton Asken and Dr. Russell Bauer (senior author) led publication of a review paper on the controversial topic of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) – Neurology, a member of the JAMA network of journals.  JAMA Neurology is one of the highest rated clinical neurology journals with an impact factor of 10.03, and receives over 2 million online visits annually.  Other contributing authors included Molly Sullan from Clinical and Health Psychology, and Drs. Steven DeKosky and Michael Jaffee in the Department of Neurology.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a neurological disorder linked to repetitive brain trauma.  CTE continues to garner increased public attention and media coverage due to the high profile nature of professional football and widespread participation in collision sports across the lifespan.  Somewhat unique to this disease is the rapid public dissemination of data that many experts believe far outpaces the degree of scientific understanding.  Asken et al.’s paper highlights several research gaps and sources of controversy surrounding CTE.  

Link to paper on journal website: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaneurology/fullarticle/2654232