In 2020, PolarCool began work on the SafeBrain project, which the company has received partial funding from EuroStars for. The plan is to carry out a biomarker study in martial arts, together with our partner ABCDx, and led by Lund University, where Professor Niklas Marklund will be the responsible researcher. The aim is to focus on the potential neurodegenerative pathology generated by repeated blows to the head.
The study is designed to evaluate the effect of controlled selective head and neck cooling in the acute phase after repetitive blows to the head. This will be done by analysing inflammatory biomarkers from blood samples. By randomising the athletes into two groups, treated and control, the aim is to examine eventual differences between groups regarding biomarkers.