On March 1, 2017, the Brain Health Research Program Coordinator, COL Sidney Hinds II, attended the inaugural meeting of the National Football League (NFL) Scientific Advisory Board. The NFL assembled this Scientific Advisory Board consisting of independent experts, scientists, and clinicians in December 2016 to develop a process to solicit, review, and evaluate research proposals to fund neuroscience research as part of the NFL's new Play Smart. Play Safe. Initiative. In addition to COL Hinds, the Scientific Advisory Board includes members from industry, academia, and the Department of Veteran Affairs. The purpose of this first meeting was to define the NFL requirements for research; meet with the NFL Head, Neck, and Spine Committee; set priorities for research; and brainstorm the methodologies to be used to provide impactful research, which will lead to knowledge products that help players and patients. Next, members of the Scientific Advisory Board will collate the data presented and synthesize a cogent strategy that will fulfill the NFL's needs and move the science forward. COL Hinds' participation in this meeting is in keeping with the mission of the DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office and is instrumental in promoting information sharing of brain health-related research between DoD and private partners.
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