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DoD Launches Traumatic Brain Injury Research Tissue Repository

BrainMapThe Defense Department has established a medical facility at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. for researchers to analyze and study traumatic brain injuries.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine Brain Tissue Repository for Traumatic Brain Injury during a recent TBI symposium, the Defense Department said Thursday.

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command provided a multi-year funding grant to help establish the center, aiming to help develop treatments for brain injuries and related illnesses.

“Little is known about the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury on military service members,” said Dr. Daniel Perl, a neuropathologist who serves as the brain tissue repository’s director.

Perl added the center will aim to address clinical findings on TBI subjects, develop therapies to help patients heal and find ways to prevent the illnesses.

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