DOD Live reported this weekend on developments coming out of the United States Department of Defense on the brain injury research front. As we have previously discussed, the Department of Defense is keenly interested in the issue, as brain injuries of different form are the number one injury affecting soldiers fighting overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. But for so common an injury, specific understanding of the causes and best practices for treatment are few and far between.
Recently, the Department convened a symposium with a wide range of groups and individuals at the forefront of brain injury research. The event sought to discuss possible collaborations and generally point toward the future when it comes to treating traumatic brain injuries.
As a result of the event, the DOD decided to launch the first “brain tissue repository” in the hopes of compiling a systematic record to understand the injury and ultimately find cures.