Researchers at The University of Queensland are seeking volunteer school rugby and basketball players for brain scans as they work on a new blood test to help diagnose concussion.
The Queensland Brain Institute at UQ has partnered with World Rugby, Rugby Australia, Qscan, Trajan and Sonic Health for the project.
It will use advanced brain imaging, blood analysis and cognitive testing to identify biomarkers that reflect concussion‐induced changes to the brain.
Volunteers from Queensland GPS school rugby and basketball players in Year 9 and above are needed from October 2022 until next year’s rugby season.
Lead researcher, Associate Professor Fatima Nasrallah says a blood test would have a huge impact on sport across the world.
If we can find a biomarker that accurately reflects how the brain responds to and recovers from a concussion, it will be a game-changer…