Sunday, August 11, 2013

More money on PTSD and TBI won't solve the problem that change can

If they continue on the same path $107 million more will not be enough to stop military suicides or get rid of the stigma getting in the way of the troops and veterans getting help to heal.

DoD, VA establish 2 consortia to research PTSD, TBI
American Legion
August 10, 2013

In response to President Obama’s Executive Order, the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs highlighted today the establishment of two joint research consortia, at a combined investment of $107 million to research the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) over a five-year period.

The Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP), a collaborative effort between the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio, San Antonio Military Medical Center and the Boston VA Medical Center will attempt to develop the most effective diagnostic, prognostic, novel treatment, and rehabilitative strategies to treat acute PTSD and prevent chronic PTSD.

The Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC), a collaborative effort between Virginia Commonwealth University, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Richmond VA Medical Center will examine the factors which influence the chronic effects of mTBI and common comorbidities in order to improve diagnostic and treatment options. A key point will be to further the understanding of the relationship between TBI and neurodegenerative disease.
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