Sarj Patel

There’s a lot more awareness of sports-related concussions lately, but still no reliable physical test of when an athlete has recovered enough to return to play. A couple of researchers at the University of Montana are working on a promising blood test for concussion recovery. Their story, and those of the Montana athletes and trainers who help them, airs on MontanaPBS Tuesday in a film called “Concussion: Answers In The Blood?” Eric Whitney spoke with the film's producer, John Twiggs.

Gov. Steve Bullock speaks about the benefits of the Montana University System Research Initiative, Tuesday, August 18, 2015 on the UM campus.
Edward O'Brien

Two University of Montana programs will share over $3.5 million in state research funds. UM's traumatic brain injury and water quality monitoring programs are among the first to benefit from the "Montana University System Research Initiative". That's a $15 million program that passed out of the last session of the Montana legislature.

University of Montana

Over 400 entries from 27 countries applied to participate in the first stage of the NFL and GE's "Head Health Challenge".  Sixteen organizations are receiving $300-thousand-dollars each for research on better diagnosing and treating mild traumatic brain injury.
       Two University of Montana researchers, Doctors Sarj Patel and Tom Rau, were among the winning 16 selected.