Dr. Bennet Ifekandu Omalu, the man who discovered Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) has received a honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Xavier University in Louisiana in the United States of America, for massive contributions to science.
In the words of Dr. Bennet Ifekandu Omalu on receiving the honour:
“Got an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Xavier University of Louisiana today. I am deeply grateful and thankful.”
Dr. Omalu is a Nigerian forensic pathologist and medical examiner who was first to discover and publish findings of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) while conducting autopsy on former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster in 2002.
Webster had died suddenly and unexpectedly, following years of struggling with cognitive and intellectual impairment, destitution, depression and suicide attempts. Although his brainlooked normal at autopsy, Omalu conducted independent and self-financed tissue analysis.
Dr. Bennet Ifekandu Omalu fought against efforts by National Football League to suppress his research on the brain damage suffered by professional football players.