One Mind nonprofit pledges $8 million for UNC-led posttraumatic brain injury study

UNC’s Samuel McLean, MD, was a featured speaker at a small music festival to raise big money for posttraumatic brain injury research.

One Mind nonprofit pledges $8 million for UNC-led posttraumatic brain injury study click to enlarge Sam McLean explains brain trauma and the AURORA Study at an event to raise money for brain health.

In a large tent pitched in beautiful Napa Valley, attendees of the One Mind Music Festival lent an ear to Samuel McLean, MD, the Jeffrey Houpt Distinguished Investigator at the UNC School of Medicine, who gave a brief talk explaining the ins and outs of the AURORA Study. The goal of the AURORA Study is to characterize posttraumatic disorders at a fundamental biological level, to determine how these disorders develop, and to develop tools that will help clinicians identify individuals at high risk in the early aftermath of trauma. The AURORA study is supported by the largest-ever NIH grant in this area, major partnership’s with Google’s life sciences company (Verily) and Mindstrong, and has received an additional commitment from the Department of Defense.

McLean spoke after Joshua Gordon, MD, PhD, director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Following both of them was musician Lyle Lovett. By the end of the day, One Mind raised $5.5 million for brain health research and close to $1 million solely for the AURORA Study.

“This was truly amazing” said McLean, associate professor in the departments of anesthesiology and emergency medicine. “We are now enrolling patients in our study, and it is so inspiring to get this additional support from One Mind and all the donors who are willing to fill critical gaps in the study so we can advance the science and treatment of post-traumatic brain conditions.”

As stated in this video, One Mind has pledged to raise $8 million over the next five years for the AURORA Study. One Mind has raised more than $280 million to fund neurological research over the past 23 years.

Read the original press release on the AURORA Study for more information. 

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