Caring for Veterans through Discovery & Collaboration

National VA Research Week, April 23-27, 2012

VA Research Week is designed to call attention to the achievements of VA researchers and the role they play in providing high quality care for veterans and advancing medical science.

It is an opportunity to educate Veterans, our elected representatives, and the public about the research at VA medical centers and its impact on treating and preventing disease and disability.

This year’s theme is “Caring for Veterans through Discovery & Collaboration.”

“VA researchers are working to finding better ways to accurately diagnose…TBI and PTSD.”

VA Research Targets Wars’ Signature Injuries

Since 2001 more than 1.6 million U.S. troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. The “signature injuries” of these wars — posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) — affect large numbers of returning Veterans and can’t easily be diagnosed with a blood test, brain scan, or other lab test.

Even as VA clinicians apply the latest methods to help Veterans affected by TBI and PTSD, VA researchers are working to find better ways to accurately diagnose the two conditions, especially in cases where they may…

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