NFL Long Study | William P. Meehan III

William Meehan, MDWilliam P. Meehan III, MD, is Director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention and Director of Research for the Brain Injury Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Principal Investigator (PI) of the Neurologic Function across the Lifespan: A LONGitudinal, Translational Study for Former National Football League Players (NFL-Long Study). He graduated from Harvard Medical School where he is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Orthopaedics. He conducts both clinical and scientific research in the area of sports injuries and concussive brain injury. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, the National Football League Players Association, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League Alumni Association. He is the 2012 winner of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine’s award for Best Overall Research. He has multiple medical and scientific publications, is author of the books Kids, Sports, and Concussion: A Guide for Coaches and Parents and Concussions, and is co-editor of the book, Head and Neck Injuries in Young Athletes.

As PI of NFL-LONG, Dr. Meehan oversees the entire project, clinical studies and scientific studies. He coordinates all aspects of the subcontracts. In addition, Dr. Meehan and his colleague, Rebekah Mannix, MD, MPH, co-run the multidisciplinary traumatic brain injury research lab in which the studies of the effects of memantine, environmental enrichment, and various forms of PET imaging are being conducted.