#C4CT initiative gets new backer in E.J. Henderson

In a press release yesterday, E.J. Henderson announced his partnership with Amarantus BioSciences and Brewer Sports International on the Coalition for Concussion Treatment project, a viral campaign to raise awareness about the risks of concussion in sports as well as recent research on treatments, designated by the Twitter hashtag #C4CT.

Amarantus BioSciences is currently conducting research on new treatment and identification methods for traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, as well as long-term diseases like Parkinson's. The company utilizes an anti-apoptotic therapeutic protein, called MANF, in order to prevent brain cell death in patients. Earlier this summer, Amarantus announced that the treatment's first stage of development had seen positive results.

E.J. Henderson is a National Football League (NFL) veteran who has played in the Pro Bowl and is currently a free agent. He cited the high incidence of concussions among his colleagues as being a key factor in his decision to join the effort.

"I've decided to become actively involved with Amarantus in order to help bring their research to the forefront in the mainstream media. I believe these types of advances in scientific research can ultimately help current NFL players and NFL alumni who are at an unusually high risk of developing long-term side effects from multiple concussions," Henderson said in the release.

Henderson becomes the third NFL player to endorse the #C4CT campaign, along with Corey Chavous and Jack Brewer, whose company Brewer Sports International has partially funded Amarantus' research. All three have expressed their belief in the importance of not only improving safety measures in the game, but developing new and effective treatment methods for these injuries.

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