NHLPA assists in goal to fuel concussion research

Tens of thousands of Canadians, and millions more around the world, will benefit from Western’s groundbreaking work on concussions thanks to the success of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Challenge fundraising campaign.

The Challenge was kicked off by the NHLPA with a $500,000 gift that served as the foundation for a $3.125-million fund to support researchers studying concussions at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

NHL Hall of Famer Eric Lindros, together with a group of committed volunteers, built a team of concerned parents, athletes and philanthropists to support this innovative research.

“We are fortunate to have a strong team of collaborative researchers in London researching every aspect of concussion from diagnosis, to treatment and long-term effects,” Schulich Dean Dr. Michael J. Strong said. “We are grateful to the NHLPA and a group of committed donors who saw the value in this important work.”

“The NHLPA is very encouraged that our challenge donation has been met and research will begin. We look forward to seeing positive results that the researchers will make. NHL players support these efforts to further understand the health impacts of concussions, so that better and more effective treatments can be devised.”

Don Fehr

NHLPA Executive Director

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The funds support a team of Western researchers at both Schulich and the Robarts Research Institute investigating the symptoms and biomarkers of concussions while working toward strategies to arrest the short- and long-term devastating consequences.

“The NHLPA is very encouraged that our challenge donation has been met and research will begin. We look forward to seeing positive results that the researchers will make,” said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director. “NHL players support these efforts to further understand the health impacts of concussions, so that better and more effective treatments can be devised.”