Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ann McKee named to Time Magazine's Annual List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World

Ann McKee, MD
Dr. Ann McKee joins Rihanna, Donald Trump, and Oprah Winfrey on the list of Time Magazines's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2018. The full list appears in the April 30 issue of Time Magazine. McKee is the chief of neuropathology at the VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center.

McKee's research focuses on the long-term effects of concussion, subconcussion and blast injury in contact sports athletes and military veterans, including CTE. Her work has shifted the prevailing paradigm of scientific thought regarding head trauma; she has demonstrated that "mild" head trauma, particularly repetitive mild head trauma, is not just an acute injury - it can provoke a persistent and progressive neurodegeneration that continues long after the traumatic exposure. McKee has published more than 70 percent of the world's cases of CTE ever reported and created the Veterans Affairs - Boston University - Concussion Legacy Foundation (VA-BU-CLF) brain bank, the world's largest repository of brains from individuals exposed to traumatic brain injuries (more than 550) and neuropathologically confirmed CTE (more than 320).

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