Bertrand Huber, MD, PTSD Brain Bank director and assistant professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, recently spoke on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) for a continuing medical education (CME) program at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC).

CTE is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes, military veterans and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. Brain trauma can cause a build-up of an abnormal type of a protein called tau, which slowly kills brain cells. Once started, these changes in the brain appear to continue to progress even after exposure to brain trauma has ended. 

Possible symptoms include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, paranoia, impulse control problems, aggression, depression and eventually progressive dementia. Symptoms can begin to appear months, years or even decades after trauma has ended. Currently, CTE can only be diagnosed after death by brain tissue analysis.

Huber is affiliated with Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and fellowship in neuropathology at the University of Washington.