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DoD & VA to Allocate over $100 Million to Medical Research; Eric Shinseki Comments

Eric Shinseki

The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs announced they will allocate over $100 million to research the treatment and diagnosis of mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The DoD and VA will also share supervision of the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC) and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP).

Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, said that the VA wants to guarantee that every veteran is afforded quality health care and allocating funds for PTSD and TBI is integral to achieve this goal.

CENC aims to increase awareness for repercussions of mTBIs and execute programs exploring the aggregates of neurotrauma.

CAP will concentrate on various aspects of trauma such as determining its indicators, prevention procedures, intervention strategies, and enhanced treatments. CAP studies will most likely be based on biomarker research.

Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, shared that the consortia will unite various scientists and researchers to develop superior health and welfare programs of U.S. service members as well as veterans.

The President signed an executive order August 31 instructing improved access to mental health services for military veterans, active duty personnel, as well as their dependents.

It ordered the DoD, VA, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education to assemble a National Research Action Plan which will contain procedures for TBI and PTSD early diagnosis and treatment.

It also instructed the DoD and the DHHS to commission a study concentrating on PTSD, TBI, and other related injuries to improve their prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Award details for each project can be found at Grants.gov and CDMRP websites.

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