WASHINGTON — TIME magazine has named Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System, to the 2018 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, announced April 19.
This recognition comes from McKee’s research into the long-term effects of concussion, sub-concussion and blast injury in contact sports with athletes and military Veterans, including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), an ongoing disease of the brain that alters function.
“This acknowledgment from Time affirms the impact of Dr. McKee’s years of research for the VA,” said VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Her work shifted the prevailing thought regarding head trauma, demonstrating that ‘mild’ particularly repetitive head trauma is not just an acute injury. It can provoke a persistent and progressive neurodegeneration CTE that continues long after the traumatic exposure.”
A board-certified neurologist and neuropathologist, and recipient of a host of awards for her research, McKee has published over 70 percent of the world’s cases of CTE ever reported.
“Research on CTE began with a VA patient, and from that first case of CTE, morphed into a tremendous research effort involving many other organizations,” McKee said. “It has taken medical researchers and scientists working with business to detect where it first starts — on the battlefield and sports field.”
McKee is credited for creating the VA – Boston University – Concussion Legacy Foundation (VA-BU-CLF) brain bank.The organization is the world’s largest repository of brains from individuals exposed to traumatic brain injuries (over 550) and neuropathologically confirmed CTE (over 320).
McKee did her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and received her medical degree from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in neurology at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and in neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
In addition to her role as Boston VA’s chief of neuropathology, McKee directs the brain banks for the BUADC, Framingham Heart Study and Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium, which are all based at VA Boston.
She concurrently holds the titles of professor of neurology and pathology at Boston University School of Medicine; director of the Neuropathology Core and associate director for the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (BUADC); and director of the BU CTE Center.
The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.
To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II