President Mary J.C. Hendrix ’74 recently participated in the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) Scientific Symposium and Service to Science Awards Dinner in Philadelphia, where the physician played by Will Smith in the 2015 film Concussion was honored. NDRI awarded the D. Walter Cohen Service to Science Award to Dr. Bennet I. Omalu, the doctor who first identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football players who have experienced concussions.
NDRI is a nonprofit organization that provides human tissue to scientists for research. Hendrix is chair of NDRI’s board of directors.
The November 18 scientific symposium that preceded the awards dinner included two panel discussion–Relief: The Role of Human Tissue in Pain Research and Impact: Brain Tissue as the Fuel of Scientific Discovery. Omalu delivered the keynote address at the dinner, discussing the importance of human tissue donation in studying CTE in athletes, military veterans, and others.