Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury (PTSD/TBI) Research Consortium

Friday August 29, 2008

What is it?

The research consortium was established by U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command (USAMRMC) in consultation with a group of the nation's top researchers and leading experts who study post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The consortium seeks to analyze patient data to identify root causes and potential treatments for PTSD and TBI.

What has the Army done?

The Army has contracted with The University of California, San Diego to lead the consortium that includes military medical centers, academic medical centers and veterans administration hospitals.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army continues to educate its Soldiers and leaders on how to better recognize PTSD and TBI. The Army is committed to improving the lives of Soldiers and veterans who have suffered brain and psychological injuries through faster diagnosis and more effective treatment. The medical research community is reviewing proposals to develop improved tools for understanding and treating PTSD and TBI. The consortium will bring to market novel treatments or interventions that will ultimately decrease the impact of military-relevant PTSD and TBI.

Why is this important to the Army?

Our Soldiers' physical health and psychological well being is an Army priority. Blast injuries form the basis for most of our casualties today and will likely continue to do so in the foreseeable future. It is estimated that 300,000 current or former servicemembers could have suffered PTSD or depression with even more who have possibly suffered TBI. This research consortium is just one of many steps in the Army's commitment to restore quality of life to our injured Soldiers.

Resources

Army Behavioral Health Web site

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Related article in USA Today, 4 Aug., 2008: Pentagon spends $300M to study troops' stress

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with "2008 Army Posture Statement"

- Confidential and voluntary participation in Army STRATCOMM Web survey. Takes 15-20 minutes to complete.
Questions/concerns to RAND survey coordinator: Megan Zander

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SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

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  • Special Forces Soldier died saving colleague (AT)
  • Army veterans welcomed to Runnymede Farm (BH)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • U.S. Army hearing on death of 4 Iraqis ends (LVS)
  • Suicide bomber killed trying to attack Pakistan camp (WP)
  • North Korea suspends dismantling of nuclear facilities (KC)

OF INTEREST

  • GEMS sparks students' interest in sciences (ARNews)
  • KBR, partner in Iraq contract sued in human trafficking case (WP)
  • Jury acquits former Marine in killing of Iraqis (HC)
  • West faces stark choice over Georgia (NYT)
  • Pentagon reports U.S. airstrike killed 5 Afghan civilians, not 90 (WP)

WORLD VIEW

  • Putin accuses U.S. of starting Georgia crisis as election ploy (GRD | Story)
  • Opinion: Pakistan burns prisoners alive (GRD | Story)
  • Karadzic seeks self-defense limelight (BBC | Story)
  • Soldier appeals in Iraqi detainees murder case (IHT | Story)
  • Hezbollah shot Lebanese army helicopter says report (REUT | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Related to Today's Focus topic: Treating "wounds of the mind" (SM)
  • Pentagon doctor: No more emergency blood! (Wired)
  • Army opens GED school for dropouts (JJ)
  • Countering Baghdad's 'lob bombs' (Wired)
  • Related to article under Interest: In Iraq, troops down, contractors up (Wired)
  • Military kids (N2G)

External Links Disclaimer ARMY SPORTS

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Events

Aug. 16, 2008: 25th Anniversary of Army Family Action Plan site

September, 2008: National Preparedness Month

Sept. 2, 2008: Post World War II Japan

Sept. 7, 2008: Freedom Walk

Sept. 7-13, 2008: National Suicide Prevention Week

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"The Army medical research community is doing everything it can to improve the lives of our nation's wounded warriors. The PTSD/TBI research consortium is a collaborative effort that demonstrates the Army's commitment to care for our Soldiers' psychological and physical health. "

-Maj. Gen. George Weightman, commanding general, U.S. Army's Medical Research and Materiel Command

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