Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

CTE is a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive brain trauma. Although the condition was described in the early 1900’s as dementia pugilistica and later in boxers as “punch drunk,” CTE has only recently received media attention and major research focus after it was discovered in professional football players. CTE has been diagnosed post-mortem in military service members exposed to blast injuries, and animal research has found that CTE neuropathology is directly associated with blast trauma.

The CTE Center is an independent academic research center located at Boston University School of Medicine. The CTE Center collaborates with other institutions, partners, and academic researchers to expand our understanding of CTE.