Va firm gets grant for concussion research

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Richmond company has received a $300,000 grant from the National Football League to work on research related to concussions.

The grant to ImmunArray stems from a partnership that the NFL has with General Electric.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/KP6luc ) that the GE NFL Head Health Challenge aims to improve the safety of athletes, military members and society in general.

ImmunArray hopes to develop a test that determines when it's safe for an athlete to return to the playing field after suffering a concussion.

The company struck a licensing agreement with researchers at Johns Hopkins University last year, giving it access to biomarkers that can be used to measure the body's reaction to brain injury.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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