DVBIC maintains a multi-center network of Military Treatment Facilities, Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers and civilian rehabilitation centers. The mission of the Research Division at DVBIC is to support researchers in this network in developing and conducting clinical investigations in traumatic brain injury (TBI). DVBIC’s extensive internal and external collaborations allow for clinical innovation and research along the entire continuum of care of TBI: from initial injury, whether in-theatre or outside of theater, through medical evacuation to acute and post-acute medical settings, rehabilitation, and ultimately a return to family, community, and work or continued duty.
Clinical Research Goals & Objectives
- Investigate the efficacy of interventions in preventing and/or treating the effects of TBI
- Conduct research across the entire range of TBI severity levels (mild, moderate, and severe) in both the military and veteran populations
- Develop and conduct epidemiological studies regarding the incidence of TBI, as well as unmet needs of TBI survivors and their caregivers
- Conduct imaging studies in order to determine the pathophysiological effects of TBI, and the physiological basis of treatment interventions, using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI); functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); magnetoencephalography (MEG); and positron emission tomography (PET).
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Speakers Bureau provides subject matter experts to educate and inform the public, non-profits, federal and state agencies, academia, health care providers, and others about DCoE and the complex array of psychological health and traumatic brain injury concerns facing our nation, service members, veterans and their families.