VA to award $6 million to research deployment-substance abuse link
August 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 26, 2010) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with the National Institutes of Health to award $6 million in grants for research examining the link between substance abuse, military deployments and combat-related trauma.
Several studies will look at treatment seeking patterns -- why and when veterans ask for help, and why many don't. Scientists will also explore treatment strategies, including cognitive behavioral therapy and web-based approaches, as well as the most effective therapies for Soldiers who have other disorders, such as depression.
Researchers will also determine if early intervention can improve outcomes. Other projects will focus on how Soldiers readjust to their work and families after returning from war.
"VA has a commitment to meet the full range of our Veterans' physical and mental health care needs, and that includes addressing substance abuse," said Dr. Joel Kupersmith, VA's chief research and development officer. "This coordinated research effort is one more way we are turning that commitment into action."
NIH agencies taking part in the initiative are the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Cancer Institute.
Institutions receiving the grants include:
Aca,!Ac Brandeis University
Aca,!Ac Dartmouth College
Aca,!Ac The Medical University of South Carolina
Aca,!Ac The National Development and Research Institutes in New York City
Aca,!Ac The University of California, San Francisco
Aca,!Ac The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Aca,!Ac The University of Missouri in Columbia
Aca,!Ac The VA medical centers in West Haven, Conn., Philadelphia, Little Rock, Ark.,and Seattle.