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The Krembil Brain Institute (KBI) is one of the largest clinical and research centres for neurosciences in North America. KBI neuroscientists are ranked amongst the top in the world and produce a large number of peer-reviewed publications annually.
The KBI has the highest density of brain-related research in Canada and includes investigations into molecular and cellular neurobiology to understand the basis of neurological disorders, and research into new treatments.
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The Canadian Concussion Centre needs brain donations from current and retired professional and amateur athletes as well as members of the public who have suffered repeated concussions. Living donors agree to donate their brains upon death to the CCC for analysis.
Family members of deceased athletes, and others who have sustained repetitive concussions, can also donate their loved one's brain and spinal cord on their behalf after death, to be examined for evidence of brain damage from multiple concussions.
Angelo Mosca was a legendary, long-time football player in the Canadian Football League and a long-time professional wrestler who passed away at the age of 84, on November 6, 2021.
Angelo in the later years of his life was a willing participant in the Canadian Concussion Research study and agreed to donate his brain to the Canadian Concussion Center in Toronto to continue to support research into the effects of repeated head injuries on athletes.
In a statement released by the Mosca family, they explained their decision to donate his brain:
"As a family, we know that Angelo, Ang, Dad had suffered many concussions throughout his long football and wrestling career, some known and many not. We wanted to fulfill his living declaration and wishes to do what he could to help researchers better understand the impact of these injuries so donated his brain to the study. The results of the autopsy provided some closure for our family, and we could finally understand the cause of some of the changes we had observed in him. We are grateful for the support and the valuable work and research the Canadian Concussion Center has done and continues to do. We hope that by donating his brain, Dad and we as a family can contribute to their efforts to improve the safety of sports and prevent others from experiencing similar struggles that he did in his later years."
The Canadian Concussion Centre is a leading research institution focused on diagnosing, managing, and preventing concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. Through their research, they aim to improve the lives of those affected by these injuries and inform policies and practices related to sports safety.
The generous gift of brain donation made by Angelo Mosca and his family will help researchers better understand the long-term effects of head injuries on athletes and discover strategies to minimize the risks associated with sports.
Test your knowledge in this video, with expert answers from neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Tator of the Canadian Sports Concussion Project and TSN analyst and CFL Hall of Famer Matt Dunigan.
Matt Dunigan's CFL career was ended by concussions.
Hear the TSN analyst talk about the impact it's had on his life, and why he's donated his brain to Dr. Charles Tator and the Canadian Sports Concussion Project.
What's the relationship between Concussions and the risk of delayed neurodegenerative disease Dr. Carmela Tartaglia on the Bill Kelly Show.