Help Advance Research through the Young Investigator Program

As part of the Young Investigator campaign, we are hoping to raise $40,000 for each of the next five years to fund the research of our Young Investigator, Sarah Rind, who will be working under the tutelage of Dr. Ann McKee. Ms. Rind's focus is on the relationship between CTE pathology and psychiatric symptoms like depression and suicidal thoughts. More information about the program is below. You can click here to support Ms. Rind's research.

Sarah Rind Young Investigator

People with the neurodegenerative disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) can experience devastating symptoms such as depression, rage, and suicidal thoughts. We know this to be true, but we need to know more about why these symptoms occur. We need your help in helping us fund research that gives us a closer look into the connection between CTE pathology and CTE symptoms.

Your donation would support the work of Dr. Ann McKee and the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank by funding the graduate student stipend of a promising young investigator named Sarah Rind.

Ms. Rind joined Dr. McKee’s team last year and was involved in receiving and processing each Legacy Donor brain. This year she has been tasked with leading a multi-year investigation into the relationship between CTE pathology and psychiatric symptoms like depression and suicidal thoughts, a critical area of research that has never been explored.

Dr. McKee reached out to the Concussion Legacy Foundation requesting urgent support to retain Ms. Rind, and the Concussion Legacy Foundation committed to underwriting her student stipend of $40,000 for 2017 using unrestricted funds, including those generously donated by our Legacy Families.

Ms. Rind has been invited to continue her work in Dr. McKee’s lab for five years. Our goal is to ensure she will finish this research project and her Behavioral Neuroscience Ph.D. program by raising $40,000 each year for the next five years.

We have decided that Ms. Rind will be the first “Legacy Family Young Investigator”, a title chosen in honor of our Legacy Families.

“Through this research, I hope to contribute to our knowledge of the intersection of CTE and psychiatric symptoms so that we can learn to prevent and treat these disorders. Thank you for making my research possible.”

-Sarah Rind, Legacy Family Young Investigator

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