7 July, 2016 – The International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation (“ICHIRF”) and its Medical Director, Dr Michael Turner, today welcomed The Daily Telegraph’s apology for suggesting in an article published on 31 May 2016 that Dr Turner was not an appropriate person to be leading research into the effects of head injuries in sport.
Dr Turner said: “I am very glad that we have been able to come to a prompt and amicable settlement on the basis of the paper’s retraction and its payment of damages and my legal costs. I look forward to resuming my good relationship with The Daily Telegraph and its journalists.”
A spokesman for ICHIRF added: “We are pleased that we have all been able to resolve this matter. It is reassuring that The Daily Telegraph recognises the importance of the research that we are undertaking into concussion and continues to be supportive of our work.”
Notes to Editors
1 Dr Michael Turner is a former Chief Medical Officer of the British Horseracing Authority and currently the Chief Medical Adviser to the Lawn Tennis Association and team doctor for the GB Davis Cup team, the current world champions. He is also currently Medical Director of the International Concussion & Head Injury Research Foundation (ICHIRF) and Chairman of its Technical Committee, in which capacity he is leading research into the effect of head injuries in sport.
2 ICHIRF, also known as Concussion in Sport, is a not-for-profit organisation that has been created to carry out independent research into concussion and head injury in sport, in collaboration with similar concussion research projects in Australia, Switzerland and North America.