This week Medical News published a story on a new grant given to university researchers to study improved treatments for traumatic brain injury victims who suffer their injury while on the battlefield. As our Chicago brain injury lawyers discussed in a recent blog post, various groups (including those spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama) are working hard to improve the treatment of brain injured service members.
This latest grant apparently involves over $1.5 million given to researchers at the University of South Florida from the U.S. Department of Defense. The grant was given to conduct research on TBIs in connection with other battlefield injuries and diseases. University officials will collaborate with those at the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital on the effort. As with all of these research efforts, the ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for those returning from combat. It remains tragic that so many who are coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq will face a life of struggle trying to overcome the myriad of problems that can be associated with the traumatic brain injury.
As those who will work on the project note, TBIs are fast becoming known as “the” signature issue affecting soldiers returning home from the wars. It is no surprise why. Traumatic explosive blasts can easily causes severe trauma to the heads of soldiers. That head trauma frequently damages the brain. The long-term impact of these injuries can affect nearly everything about the service member’s life from memory and decision-making to personality and motor skills. In addition, various symptoms also develop following the impact, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The Department of Veterans Affairs has been working on finding ways to better treat those who have suffered these injuries. As many victims can attest, there is still a long way to go to ensure that all our soldiers receive the best possible brain injury treatment every time.
The director of the university’s Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair summarized the group’s effort as part of this latest grant. He said, “Working with the VA, the Department of Defense and private research entities, we will develop novel studies-everything from drug discovery and preclinical work to clinical, social and behavioral trials.” He went on to explain that the goal is to come up with both better diagnostic tools and treatment plans for soldiers and veterans. Both prongs of the effort will hopefully help these individuals better adjust to civilian life both physically and psychologically.
Our Illinois traumatic brain injury lawyers are encouraged by the new wave of research and grant funding for these issues. So many individuals are affected by this harm, that all advances which make diagnosis simpler and treatments streamlined with have enormous benefits for so many residents-veterans and others. For far too long so many brain injury victims have been treated in a haphazard manner, with little coordination to determine what actually works and what doesn’t. We will be sure to follow along with the effort and reported on all new information that comes out of these research endeavors.
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