Biological Sciences Changemaker

Junior Seau Foundation Supports Brain Injury Studies and Education

Junior Seau in the San Dieog Charger's uniform

Students from The Preuss School UCSD recently had the chance to learn about the science of the brain and traumatic brain injury from neurobiology professor Gentry Patrick. The opportunity was part of the launch of the Junior Seau Lectureship Program, which was created to educate the community and K-12 students about the causes and risks associated with traumatic brain injury.

The lecture series was made possible by a significant gift from the Junior Seau Foundation, whose gift also established the Junior Seau Endowed Faculty Chair in Traumatic Brain Injury at UC San Diego. The donation was made in memory of Junior Seau, the NFL Football Hall of Famer and longtime San Diego Charger who passed away in 2012, and was subsequently diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease.