NFL Charities Awards University Of Minnesota $100,000

Sept 8, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Gophers running back Donnell Kirkwood (20) runs through New Hampshire Wildcats linebacker Matt Evans (52) and New Hampshire Wildcats safety Chris Beranger (31) in the second half at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 44-7. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The University of Minnesota received $100,000 from NFL Charities for MRI research Tuesday.

The University of Minnesota was one of 15 entities awarded a $100,000 grant from NFL Charities on Tuesday, with two-thirds of the money earmarked for concussion studies. Donald Dengel, a professor in Minnesota's School of Kinesiology, had this to say about the award:

"The University always has a positive reaction to grants, but the NFL grant has a little mystique to it, " Dengel said.

The University of Minnesota research team plans on using the money to research improved MRI methods. The team plans to turn what is now essentially a "still" photography technology into a more video-like tool.

NFL Charities hands out $1.5 million in grants annually, emphasizing research into concussions, other traumatic brain injuries, cardiovascular disease and Staph infections.

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