August 23, 2013
VA, Pentagon Announce PTSD Research Consortia

The Department of Veterans Affairs and DoD have set up two joint research consortia, at a combined investment of $107 million, to research the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and mild traumatic brain injury, ormTBI, over a five-year period.

It said the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD is a collaborative effort between the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio Military Medical Center, and the Boston VA Medical Center that 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 is 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, VA said.

The consortia were formed in response to an executive order calling for a national research action plan on PTSD and mTBI.





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